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Where is Philmont? How far to airport? How do I get there?

The Philmont Scout Ranch is over 200 miles to the closest airport which is either Albuquerque or Colorado Springs. Most that go through Colorado fly through Denver as it is usually less expensive than Colorado Springs.   The distance from Philmont to Denver International Airport is about 300 miles.


Most groups flying into the southwest for a Philmont trip hire a tour operator like Blue Sky Adventures or a reputable bus company to provide transportation.  It is very expensive and inefficient to rent vans for your group and set up your own trip.  Due to the size of the back packs your group will have, it is nearly impossible to get your group and it’s gear in one vehicle, so two or more vehicles for even a small group of 10 or 12 are required.  Not only is this inefficient, but it is not safe.  Asking a volunteer to fly cross country and then drive nearly 300 miles in unfamiliar territory with a group of kids can be dangerous proposition.  Spend a little extra money and let us handle your trip for you!


How much does it cost to go to Philmont?

A rough rule of thumb is that the actual Philmont fee is about one third of your overall budget.  The balance is spent on airfare, ground transportation, meals, tour and sightseeing expenses, crew gear and training.  Total trip expenses for a typical group range from $1,500-$2,300 per person.


Are your trips all inclusive?

Yes! You never have to open your wallet unless you want a souvenir! Our price includes your tour guide, all meals, ground transportation, accommodations, event and wait staff gratuities, activities and entry fees. The only extra you need to consider is a tip for your tour guide. While it isn’t required, most groups do tip their tour guide as they feel the experience was so good that a gratuity is warranted.


What About Airfare?

We recommend you use a travel agent or someone in your Troop who is familiar with group airline travel. There are lots of pitfalls when trying to book flights for groups so make sure you use someone who is familiar with airline industry practices.


One of the biggest mistakes people make when planning a Philmont trip is using internet ticket prices as a guide for what they will pay for a group.  THIS IS A MISTAKE! As a group you will pay as much as $100 to $150 more than prices found on the internet which are for individual travelers only.


If you don’t have a travel agent, we recommend our friends at BSA Travel.  This group is part of the National Boy Scout Office in Irving, Texas and they can help make airfare arrangements for your group.  Please click here for more details. 


Why should I hire you instead of doing this myself?

Blue Sky Adventures is the recognized leader in Scout travel.  We have served over 25,000 people in the last 10 years and our trips get better every year.  Our team of bus drivers, tour guides, lodging partners, and food vendors are committed to providing you the best possible experience at a reasonable price.


Every year, we see and hear about groups that have a disastrous Philmont experience because they tried to do this trip themselves.  Flight delays, bus breakdowns, buses that don’t show up, hotels that are not scout friendly or in a bad area of town, unexpected expenses, and the list goes on. Don’t put your trip at risk.  We have a product for every budget and we promise that you will leave town feeling that you got more than you paid for!


How do I Get my Stoves to Philmont?

Don’t try and put them on the plane as luggage! Your best bet is to ship the stoves directly to Philmont and they will hold them for your arrival. They do this for over 10,000 Scouts every year and have it worked out.


Should I Ship our Backpacks to you?

No, no, no!!!  We do not have any where to store your backpacks so please don’t ship them to us or to the hotel we use. Besides, don’t waste your money. Last year we handled almost 3,000 back packs and less than 10 were lost by the airlines. Of those 10, we got 8 back the same day and the other 2 the next day.

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