On July 22nd, 2016 Crew 446 embarked on an expedition to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico, covering 140,177 acres of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico.

The crew traveled by car to Sandusky, hopped a train to Chicago, IL and rode  through the scenic American West on the Amtrak Southwest Chief to Raton, NM.  After a bus ride to the ranch, the crew began itinerary 14 (7/25 Z), a twelve day trek into pristine wilderness staying at the following staff and trail camps:

  •     Hells Fire Canyon
  •     Indian Writings
  •     Ponil
  •     Dean Cow
  •     Vaca
  •     Ute Springs
  •     Sawmill
  •     Red Hills
  •     Hunting Lodge
  •     Tooth Ridge

While too numerous to list, some of the highlights included rock climbing, rifle shooting, horse riding, a cantina show, studying ancient Indian petroglyphs and observing the world’s first confirmed tyrannosaurus foot print over a 100 mile hike through the glorious Philmont back country.

Crew 446 summit the Tooth of Time (Elevation 9003')

Crew 446 summit the Tooth of Time (Elevation 9003′)

This amazing journey concluded with a summit to the famous Tooth of Time, an igneous intrusion of dacite porphyry formed in the Paleogene Period of the Cenozoic Era some 22-40 million years ago.  It was well-known among the overland traders on the Santa Fe Trail, who used it to mark the final seven-day push to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Click the images below for itinerary 14 details:


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