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One of two properties owned by the Girl Scouts of NM Trails, Elliott Barker summer camps focus on high adventure activities (ropes course, rafting, etc).
Angel Fire, NM
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Camp Elliott Barker is located in the beautiful Moreno Valley, at the base of Palo Flechado Pass, 26 miles east of Taos, New Mexico. The Carson National Forest, Angel Fire Resort, and the village of Angel Fire are the camp’s nearby neighbors. Camp Elliott Barker is a high-altitude retreat when not in use as a high adventure summer camp; the property has elevations ranging from 8,680 feet on the western edge to 8,350 feet on the eastern meadows. One of the oldest log homes in the Moreno Valley stands on camp property and is still used today as the camp ranger’s residence. The oldest working barn in the entire valley is also on site and is used as the base of operations for the horse program in the summer and during the winter for anyone who needs to board their horses in our pasture and store their tack. In December of 1962, a tract of 536 acres of land was purchased by the Sangre de Cristo Girl Scout Council. The site had been located by a search committee headed by Elliott Barker, a renowned New Mexico conversationalist. The land was purchased using proceeds from Girl Scout cookie sales. In 1963, the camp opened as “Girl Scout Camp near Eagle Nest”. It wasn’t until 1975 that the camp received a real name, Camp Elliott Barker.
The camp is still in use seasonally as a Girl Scout summer camp that is owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails (GSNMT). Girls can come to camp and participate in classic activities such as crafts, games, singing songs, going and hikes, and overnight camping. In addition, Camp Elliott Barker is the the “High Adventure” camp of two properties owned by GSNMT. Girls are able to participate in a low and high ropes course, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, rafting on the Rio Grande, and rock climbing. All of the camps that are offered at Camp Elliott Barker are open to girls in Girl Scouting and those that are not. Counselors come from all over the state of New Mexico, across the country, and from international exchange agencies to help empower the G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders) of today and tomorrow.
In the ‘off season’ for summer camps the property is also available for rentals. Individuals or groups can rent cabins, barn space, the dining, hall or the kitchen. Our cabin unit boasts 6 units with electricity and wood stoves for winter heating; they are also winterized with glass windows. The cabin unit it also home to our brand new (installed in 2017) bathroom and shower facility.
We are currently in the middle of a capital campaign to raise funds for a shiny, new “Welcome and Retreat Center”. This new building will sit facing the beautiful Moreno valley and serve as building space that was seriously lacking previously. The uses of the building will include: some staff housing to make room for more girls, an executive office for camp administrative staff, an infirmary, additional kitchen and dining space, and as an off season rental for groups.