- About Us
- Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch (BTSR)
“Somewhere out there is a trail with your name on it. Go find it.”
There are over a dozen trails that wind through the over 9,000 acres of rugged and beautiful BTSR terrain. Many of these trails were established almost 6 decades ago and still see traffic today as we continue to put hikers into our wonderful backcountry. They range from easy trails with little to no elevation change, to the most rugged and challenging trails that will test even the most experienced hikers. These are not roads or wide national park trails; they are very rustic trails that leave little impact on the surrounding beauty you will experience as you hike along these paths. Our itineraries are designed to utilize the most appropriate trail based on the experience level required for each program. Ranging from 4400 ft. of elevation in base camp, to over 5400 ft. at the top of Forbidden Mountain, there is something for everyone!
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With over 50 miles of trails winding through our corner of the Davis Mountains, you will be able to witness some of the most beautiful scenic overlooks in the state. Our camp includes portions of Little Aguja Canyon, Madera Canyon, Pig Pen Canyon, and Million Dollar Canyon inside its boundaries. Looking down into the bottom of one of these canyons, or looking up to rising towers of rock from the bottom of them, you will not go home dissatisfied with the beauty and variety of nature found at our camp.
BTSR is full of many unique geological formations and landmarks, many of which you will be able to see on one of your treks. Be on the lookout for Needle Rock, Natural Bridge, Giant’s Hand, The Notch, Balance Rock, the Columns, Blue Hole, and Forbidden Castle. You might even see the Indian Paintings plus our many natural springs as well!
When you sign up for the BTSR Outback, please specify which of the following Treks you will be taking. Please include an alternative trek preference, incase that one has already been filled up for the week of your choice. (See reservation application in the forms section.)
INTRO TO BACKPACKING
Minimum Age=12; Experience = Camping Only; Mileage~12 miles
ONLY 3 days on trail!
Spend two days learning the basics of backpacking from how to pack and wear a backpack to how to travel using Leave No Trace practices. On Wednesday, head out for a three day, two night backpacking trip to practice and reinforce the skills learned in base camp. Participants will earn partials for LNT and the backpacking merit badge and will earn the camp conservation award and Trek Safely card.
Minimum Age = 13; Experience = Some; Difficulty = Moderate – Hard; Mileage = ~21-25 miles
Enjoy the stunning beauty of BTSR as you backpack through the Northern portion of the Outback. This trek is tailored for those people who need to dust off the hiking boots before hitting the trail or who are interested in a relaxed pace that still covers a lot of territory. Trail activities include options for GPS course, Sports, Wilderness Survival, COPE low activities, Mock SAR, side hikes, animal observations, climbing & rappelling.
Minimum Age=13; Experience=some; Difficulty = Hard – Very Hard; Mileage = ~28-35 miles
This trek is a bit more challenging. It’s a great option for people who are experienced backpackers hoping to have a challenging and enjoyable week in the Outback. See some of the most scenic spots on camp, including a visit to the Indian Paintings, Needle Rock, The Notch, and Forbidden Mountain. Trail activities include options for sunrise photography, night star party, COPE low activities, side hikes, Cavalry camp activities, Sports, climbing & rappelling.
Minimum Age=14; Experience = Advanced / Mature; Difficulty = EXTREMELY Difficult; Mileage = ~55-65 miles
This trek is the most difficult and physically taxing program at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch! Hiking over 50 miles in five days is a proud and difficult accomplishment for those that complete the trek! People cry, feet bleed, and your thighs will feel the burn! Enjoy climbing, team building, and a search and rescue role play as you take the grand tour of the BTSR Outback. Hike over 60 miles through the rugged terrain of the outback AND earn the RR 1832 Marathon award. Trek crews also have the option to earn the 50 miler award.
Minimum Age=13; Experience = Some; Difficulty = Moderate/Difficult; Mileage = 10 – 12 miles
Work for a week and get the next week for 1/2 the price! Crews/individuals on this program will do routine trail clearing, trail building and maintenance, trail sign construction, etc. Then your hard efforts will pay off as you enjoy the following week in a high adventure program of your choice (except Cavalcade) for half the price. (High adventure fees only. It does not include base camp or a reduction in the price of additional charges, such as SCUBA, shooting sports fees, etc.). Learn more via the Trail Blazers web page.
PERSONAL TREK EQUIPMENT
Wearing (packed in plastic bags)
Personal and Misc.
COOK GROUP EQUIPMENT
Note – Some items such as sunscreen, bug-spray, etc can be shared between cook groups to cut down on weight. Quantities listed include what you would be wearing.
Special equipment needed by program:
Intro to Backpacking