Camping - Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to attend a trek or cavalcade?

Philmont trek and cavalcade participants must be 14 years of age OR completed 8th Grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.

What time does check-in start?

There is someone available at the Welcome Center around the clock. Formal check-in at CHQ offices is from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

Where do I check-in?

Coming from Cimarron, continue past the Training Center, Villa Philmonte, Philmont Museum, and turn right at the Camping Headquarters sign. As you pass the main gateway, turn left to the Welcome Center.

If I don't bring my car, is there still a way I can get to town?
Shuttle Bus

For a fee of $5* per person, bus transportation is available between Philmont and Cimarron. Buses depart from the Philmont Welcome Center, at Camping Headquarters, every hour, on the hour, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Buses return from Cimarron every hour from 11:45AM to 7:45PM.

Is there any Internet access?

There is a wireless network that can be accessed from most locations at Camping Headquarters.

Do you have laundry facilities?

There is a coin-operated laundry facility conveniently located at Camping Headquarters.

Can I earn Merit Badges?

There are no merit badge classes offered at Philmont. However, many of the programs scouts are involved in may meet requirements of numerous merit badges. It will be up to your merit badge counselor at home to decide to accept requirements done at Philmont. Ask your crew's advisor to provide written documentation, if your counselor requires it.

How many persons can fit in a tent?

At camping headquarters the tents you will be housed in for your first and last night are two-person wall tents. Philmont issued backcountry tents hold two individuals.

Can I pay my fees with a credit card?

Camping Headquarters is NOT able to accept credit card payments for fees. Philmont's Trading Post (Tooth of Time Traders) and the gift shop at the Philmont Museum accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards.

What kind of pets do you allow?

We're sorry, but pets of any kind are not allowed at Philmont.

Is there a refrigerator I can use?

Camping Headquarters features refrigeration in our health lodge for medications only. This will not be accessible during your trek.

Is there a safe where I can store valuables?

At the Training Center we are able to keep small valuables in the office. Ask office staff for assistance. At Camping Headquarters, each crew is allowed a large manila envelope for storage in our safe while hiking in the backcountry.

Are there tents available the night before check-in day?

We're sorry, we cannot accommodate early arrivals. You may look into arrangements off-site by contacting the Cimarron Chamber of Commerce 575-376-2417 or 1-888-376-2417, website:

Can we bring our trailer and do you have hookups?

We do not have the hook-ups for trailers but you can bring and store them here in the parking lots.

What will the weather be like when I am there?

During the summer, daytime temperatures commonly reach 80 to 90° F but with very low humidity. Night time temperatures are usually very comfortable and sometimes even a bit chilly (occasionally reaching into the 40's and even lower in the higher elevations). Mid-afternoon thunder showers are fairly common but seldom last more than an hour.


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.