Philmont Scout Ranch food - Our rating of the food
- average in the dining hall, very good on the trail.
The cafeteria food is average, about like school lunches.
But the food on the trail is quite good. They use
tons of it, of course. So, they package the trail
food there at Philmont Scout Ranch.
You'll be getting a few ideas here, even if you're
an experienced backpacker. For instance, I hadn't
tried eating dry rainsin bran, or jalpeno cheese spread
The main food advice at Philmont Scout Ranch is to
take some spices - garlic powder, cayenne pepper or
hot sauce of some sort are good. Some people buy the
small round plastic containers that have a half dozen
spices. The food is bland so everyone can eat it.
You'll want to spice it up unless you are a complete
pansy about food - from Norway, for instance.
Scout Ranch Tips
can buy some gear here, but it's probably a good idea
to come well equipped. There are two things I would
especially recommend for a trek at Philmont Scout
Ranch. If you want a water alternative that tastes
good, you might consider some of our recommendations,
which are covered thoroughly on this site. Aqua Mira
is currently our top choice for really excellent tasting
water that is completely safe. The stuff kills anything
in the water, excepting small mammals, of course.
The other thing I would recommend in a Philmont Scout
Ranch group is some 2nd Skin for blisters. With 6
to 12 people in a group, it's a fairly likely that
at least one or more will develop severe blisters
- the kind of blisters that are very painful to walk
with, and which will slow up the entire group. I've
walked quite comfortably with bleeding blisters covered
with 2nd Skin. Everyone doesn't need to carry it,
but one packet of it is a good safety precaution at
Philmont Scout Ranch. I recommend it. As an adult
leader, it may end up making your life on the trail
Scout Ranch Backpacking
and drinking while backpacking
4220 Brookside Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702