There are two parts of a Philmont trek—the destination and the journey—and both are important. Reaching the destination means that you and your Scouts accomplished an impressive goal that you'll all remember for a lifetime.
And the journey? That's all about you and your crew enjoying 137,000 acres worth of flora and fauna and experiencing the rich natural and cultural history of the area.
To better appreciate the journey, you'll want to grab The Philmont Field Guide, on sale today for $14.95. The 264-page, full-color book will answer Scouts' questions like "What's that flower over there?" or "What animal was that?"
So if you spot a wood lily, yellow lady's slipper, elk, black bear, Bullock's Oriole, or anything else on the trail, grab the spiral-bound book and find out what you're seeing.
In all, 122 wildflowers, 23 trees, and most species of wildlife found at Philmont are in the book. You can find even more wildflowers and information on the field guide's official Web site.
The volume, which is small and lightweight enough to carry along on a trek, contains these 11 chapters:
- Understanding Nature
- Cultural History
- Human Impacts
- Fire Management
- Leave No Trace
- Serving Future Generations