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Philmont has a long and successful process of offering prepackaged itineraries for its summer campers. However, this was not always the case. During the first years of operation as Philturn Ranch, several fixed programs were offered including a six day and twelve day program. By 1947 the programs being offered were expanded to include Cavalcades, Kit Carson Treks, and Wagon Trains to name a few. Even mountain lion hunting was listed as a November program. About 1956, the fixed treks were changed so that the first three days were fixed and started at one of three base camps and then the crews planned the remainder of their treks. During the 1960s crews were encouraged to develop their own treks.

In 1969 a new program of offering pre-planned treks in a booklet simply titled "Itineraries". In 1972 the title of the now annual document was changed to "Philmont Expedition Planning". In 1973 Philmont published a Philmont Expedition Planning document for normal treks and a new document called "PEAKS" which a series of specialty treks for Explorers. In 1974 these documents were combined and the new name of "PEAKS" stuck. As far as it can be determined, 1974 was the final year for the specialty treks. The basic format of packaged treks remains unchanged today except the new document is now called "TREKS" since 2000.

The documents shown below are listed from newest to oldest to aid the research on more recent itineraries.

 

Current itinerary guides are called "Philmont TREKS" since 2000

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Reserved

2005

2006

2007

2008

 

2009

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

From 1974 to 1999, itinerary guides are called "PEAKS"
1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

The 1973 PEP and special PEAKS documents were combined into a single document in 1974 and the name PEAKS was adopted for trek planning documents.

1974

The earliest itinerary guides were simply called "Itineraries" or "PEP". In 1973, both PEP and a new document for specialty treks called PEAKS were printed.

1970

1971

1972

1973

1973 PEAKS

1969 is the first year for pre-planned treks in a document simply called "Itineraries". This model is still used at Philmont for today's treks.

1969 first issue

During the late 1950s and 1960s crews were asked to develop their own trek using a book called Philmont Trails. The 1966 version is very clear that a proposed itinerary in the back of the book be filled out for evaluation by a Philmont "Trip Planner". Newer issues of the Philmont Trails were being printed until about 1976 but these are thought to add detail to the Itineraries and PEAKS books being used. Warning! The files below are up to 13MB in size.

Trails 1950s?

Trails 1966

Trails 1972

Trails 1976 or later

 

During the 1940s and early 1950s, most of the expeditions, as they were called, and other programs offered at Philmont were documented in a series of promotional brochures. Please see the Promotional Material page for more details. The programs they document offer a limited number of fixed treks such as Northbound Expeditions or Southbound Expeditions for example.

         

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