Treks into the Valle Vidal

by Joe Edmonds <> Sun, 17 May 1998 08:48:20 -0400 (EDT)

We travelled into Valle Vidal in June '96. I found it to have more the feel of a "wilderness" than the ranch proper. It was apparent that the trails were much less travelled. We found more wildlife in the Valle. The two program points were Sealy Canyon (Wilderness rescue and First Aid). This is the stop where the coyotes sang to us all night long from the canyon ridges. The second stop was Ring Place where the elks snorted and a bear was taking a stroll by the stream. There is an old logging village between Sealy Canyon and Ring Place but I don't recall the name. This was interesting and the eagle nest in the trees was pretty cool. Our trek number was 19.

This trip was my only experience with Philmont, but I much preferred Valle Vidal camps and hikes than some of the camps on the reservation.

Addendum: Wed, 01 Jul 1998 07:47:13 -0400 (EDT)
We were in the Valle Vidal in 1996 on Trek 19. I found the Valle to be very beautiful (as is all Philmont). Map and compass were used more in the Valle because the trails weren't as well defined. The area seemed to me to be much less traveled and more "pristine"? Low impact camping is a must in the Valle. I remember the Elks snorting everywhere in the woods, gophers watching us as we hiked, Muledeer, and the boys said they saw a bear as they took off one evening (strangely none of the advisors saw this bear). One evening the coyotes sang to us from the tops of the canyon walls. That was definitely eerie!

I found the hiking to be easier in the Valle because of the relatively flat terrain. This may have been also due to it being earlier in the trek. The programs in the Valle weren't quite as good as those on the Philmont ranch.

All the above is my opinion and my opinion only, but I hope it helps. I would definitely pick another trek with the Valle Vidal as a part if I get to go again!.


Joe Edmonds
Scoutmaster, T736

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