Jun 6, 2013 at 11:16 am #1303874
@namelesswayLocale: Mid Atlantic
My son and I have recently signed up (with our troop) to go to Philmont in July of 2014.
Our scoutmaster is plannig to have us fly out several days early so we can sightsee and acclimate to the altitude & climate. He has given us a large map of the area around Philmont with a ten hour drive's radius. Having gone twice before (both as a youth and a young adult), I only have a vague recollection of a few things we did.
I am very much interested in the collective wisdom of this group. Any good suggestions of cool things to do within a day's drive of Philmont?
MattJun 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm #1994116
Only all of Colorado and New Mexico, and west to the Grand Canyon falls in that range.
Theres more interesting stuff to see in New Mexico than any other state I know.
Just google national monuments and national parks in NM. More than I can list. From old forts, to dormant volcanoes like Capulin, to lava tubes at Malpais. Anasazi ruins, petroglyphs, the Navajo reservation and all the trading posts at Gallup, Sandia peak at Albuquerque, white sands, Ruidoso, etc
Taos is only 30 miles away. The town, the Taos Pueblo, Check out the Rio Grand gorge west of town, or can raft on the Rio Grande as well. Carlsbad caverns, Bandeleir national monument, Santa Fe is loaded with history too, I think theres horse back riding at Taos ski valley in summer too.
You dont have to leave NM.Jun 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm #1994129
* Tour the Air Force Academy
* Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. Several firms operating out of the Buena Vista, CO area … 90 miles by road west of Colorado SpringsJun 7, 2013 at 6:34 am #1994225
@sckuhnLocale: Mountainous Ohio
Check out the Philmontforum.com site – in particular the discussion category – 'Pre- or Post-Philmont Activities' for information directly related to what you are looking for. Here is the direct link to the 'Pre/Post-Philmont Activities' page – http://philmontforum.com/cms2/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=147&func=showcat&catid=8
Some of the conversations are older, but the information for the most part is relevant or will atleast give you some ideas of where to look.
Browse throught the rest of the site and you will find other suggestions, just posted in the wrong category.
Narrow your search to near the airport you are flying into, because like the others have said there is PLENTY to do!!
Enjoy your trip!!! IWTGBTP!
Hopefully Philmont again in 2014!
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2004 – PTC ParticipantJun 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm #1995452
@kirkalmLocale: Cascade Foothills
Another option is the NRA Whittington Center; http://www.nrawc.org/index.html for camping, museum tour, etc. Right on the way to Philmont, open to the public…
Crew 710V1, 2012Jun 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm #1996368
As a SM living in Colorado Springs, here are a few suggestions north to south for consideration…
1. Denver: Red Rocks amphitheater, Rockies game, REI Flagship store, 16th Street Mall, Denver Museum of Natural History, Mile High Stadium…er Sports Authority Field, Denver Buffalo herd at Genesee Park (west of Denver)
2. Castle Rock: Quick hike up/around the rock
3. Colorado Springs: USAFA (hike part/all of the 13-mile Falcon Trail (VERY much like Philmont), Visitors Center, Chapel, etc.), U.S. Olympic Training Center, Garden of the Gods Park, and a drive up Pikes Peak (it's 13 miles and 7500' if you want to hike it), Barr Trail up to Barr Camp (half way up Pikes Peak) is 6 miles and only 3500' gain
4. La Junta, CO: Koshare Indian Museum, http://www.kosharehistory.org/(originated with Scouts)
5. Cimarron: Monster cinnamon rolls at Heck's
6. Santa Fe: Bandolier National Monument (cliff dwellings), White Rock Overlook of the Rio Grande, Los Alamos Nuclear Lab, Old Santa Fe, Palace of the Govenors, NM History Museum, Loretto Chapel, Basilica of St. Francis
Within 10 hours of Philmont, there's a ton to do/see… I know I'm missing things like the Great Sand Dunes, Four Corners, Mesa Verde National Monument, etc. Good luck deciding…
-dglJun 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm #1996379
You can walk up Wheeler Peak; its a fun day hike and close by.
The Rio Grande Gorge is close as well.
A little further north you have the Sangre de Christos, which look great, and the San Dunes. You could climb a 14er there.
You could run over to the San Juans of southwest Colorado. I recently rode the train from Durango, got off at a trailhead, and walked into the Chicago Basin. It was spectacular. I understand there is plenty of other nice backpacking there. Highly recommended.
Of course, further west into southern Utah and the Grand Canyon is pretty special too.
Have fun.Jun 20, 2013 at 6:30 am #1998305
@namelesswayLocale: Mid Atlantic
Thanks for all the suggestions. We have a pre-trip meeting tonight where the boys will pick their favorite selections.
It is their choice, so we shall see what rises to the top!
All the best,
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