psa fall cavalcade

See philmont in a new way

Join us September 18th-22nd for the Fall Cavalcade!

Cavalcade is our newest fall adventure offering, unlike the treks during this event you will be riding horse back through the backcountry and seeing Philmont in a way that you haven’t before.

PSA Fall Cavalcade is an experience you won’t want to miss this fall. Riding experience is helpful but not required; we can teach you all you need to know to have a novel experience in the Philmont backcountry. This event is open to all PSA Members and their eligible family members. Get registered before spots are full!

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Experience Philmont on horseback

Cavalcade Details

Cost: $600 per person | Dates: September 18–22, 2024 | Slots: 15 available

Cavalcade Basics

Dates: September 18th-22nd, 2024

Cost: $600

Slots: 15 available

Registration Deadline: September 1st, 2024

Participant Requirements

Weigh 200 lbs or less

Be physically and mentally fit

Be a member of the PSA or trek-eligible family member

Be a member of the BSA

Have a completed Philmont Medical Form

Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

Packing List

Are you wondering what to pack on your trip out to Philmont? We have a great resource click here for more information.


Wednesday September 18:

Arrive at Camping Registration between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Check in and complete health recheck. Afterward, Cattle HQ orientation before dinner at PTC.

Thursday September 19:

Report to the Cattle Headquarters at 8 AM, saddle, and hit the trail.

Saturday September 21:

Return from the trail

Sunday September 22:

Depart Philmont


Basecamp tents are available for the night before and the night after the trail.

Possible Itineraries

South: Drop off at Rayado

Night 1: Abreu

Night 2: Crater Lake

Central: Ride out of Cattle HQ

Night 1: Miner’s Park

Day hike Tooth of Time while riding over Shaffer’s Pass

Night 2: Clark’s Fork

North 1: Drop off at Ponil

Night 1: Pueblano (side ride up Wilson Mesa?)

Night 2: Santa Claus? HOD? Longer days?


North 2: Drop off at Ponil

Night 1: Indian Writings

Night 2: Metcalf Station

Please Note: The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

2023 PSA Cavalcade is FULL!