Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch was a dream when I was a kid: the American Mecca for Boy Scouts. Sorry to say, I never made it until I was 55. I didn't know what to expect but all those red roofs everywhere were quite a surprise. I was also quite surprised at the size of the physical plant: buildings all over the place. And thousands of tents, too, but I didn't see any Boy Scouts anywhere.
I stopped in for a trip through the bookstore and the Seton Library. Nice stuff, with lots of reprinted first-hand historical texts for sale. There were also quite a few wildife prints and paintings on display.
The photos here were taken during a simple drive-through of the central part of the Ranch. Most of this huge property is accessible only by permission, and it helps to be involved with the Boy Scouts of America...
Looking northwest back across Philmont
The Book Store, Gift Shop and Seton Library
This was in one of the parking lots
Looking west to the Tooth of Time Ridge, above the Philmont administration center