Yesterday we received an email from the Philmont Scout Ranch announcing the closure for the 2018 summer season. Below is an excerpt from the email:
PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH ANNOUNCES CLOSURE FOR 2018 SUMMER SEASON – 7/5/18
After careful consideration of the situation and available options, the difficult but prudent decision has been made that the Philmont backcountry will remain closed for treks and individual programs for the remainder of the 2018 summer season. This means that the following programs scheduled for this summer are canceled: 7- and 12-day treks; and individual backcountry programs, including Rayado, ROCS, Trail Crew, STEM and Ranch Hands.
The Ute Park fire consumed 26,387 acres of Philmont property. As of July 6, 2018, the cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.
The Morris Creek fire started June 29 from a lightning strike, and has moved onto Philmont property.
We hope the fires are contained quickly and for the firefighters to return home safely.