Location:  Arizona - Nevada - Utah

Faded Trails or Rails

Las Vegas Area Council

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1" x 3"

This segment can be earned by taking the minimum 5 hour scheduled backpack trip along any of the many no longer used routes of the settlers of the Basin and Range or now abandoned railway right of ways of the Basin and Range.

Ghost Towns

Las Vegas Area Council

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1" x 3"

This segment can be earned by hiking into 3 Ghost Towns in the Basin and Range area.

Great Basin National Park

Las Vegas Area Council

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1" x 3"

Any of the following hikes may be taken to qualify for the GREAT BASIN SEGMENT. Information may be found in Hiking Great Basin National Park, a Falcon Guide, or The Hikers Guide to Nevadaby Falcon Press.


These awards replace the Basin and Range Awards which have been in place from the 70’s through 2002. The new awards may be earned by fulfilling the requirements and having a Tour Permit dated no earlier than January 2003.

In redefining the awards and updating the patch, the Boulder Dam Area Council High Adventure Team hopes to encourage more Scouts and Scouters to enjoy the outdoors as well as develop an awareness of the recreation potential in the Basin and Range of Nevada, Arizona, California, and Utah.

In requiring that leaders complete the Basic Backpack Awareness course in order to earn the award, the High Adventure Team hopes to develop the abilities and self-confidence within the Basin and Range environment and give special recognition to Scouts and Leaders who use it.

THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE. There are many areas that may equal or surpass the challenge, beauty and desirability of going on these specific outings. If you know of a place which would meet all the requirements, or have some special requirements to make it work, write up a short statement of the location and the information which makes you feel it deserves to be an award hike in the Basin and Range. Bring or send the information to:


Boulder Dam Area Council

7220 S. Paradise Road

Las Vegas, Nevada 89119


Don’t forget to include your name, address and phone number.

River Rat Award

San Diego - Imperial

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3½'' x 3''

Plan and carry out a canoe, or kayak or float trip on the lower Colorado River between Hoover Dam and Imperial Dam. This trip shall cover at least 20 miles in 2 or more consecutive days with the overnight camp at least 5 miles from the launching point and the take-out point.

General Crook Trail Medal

Grand Canyon

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1½'' diameter

Complete all the trail segments for the General Crook Trail Award.

White Mountain Trails Award

Grand Canyon

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5'' x 4'' w/ segments

Hike the White Mountain trails located in the rugged high-mountain country around the Mogollon Rim, Arizona's famed east-west escarpment whcih separates the state's highnorthern environs from the remainder of the state's lower desert areas.

Grand Canyon Trails Award

Grand Canyon

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Backpack a segment of the Grand Canyon.

Superstition Wilderness Trails Award

Grand Canyon

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3'' x 10''

The Superstition Wilderness area just east of Apache Junction is famous for its fabled gold mine legends and other folklore and offers a hiking/backpacking opportunity never to be forgotten.

Wilderness Slot Canyoneering Award

Orange County

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Main Patch: 3'' x 4''; Segment Patches: 3'' x 1''

Successfully complete a slot canyoneering trek.

Mojave National Preserve

Las Vegas Area Council

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1" x 3"

Any of the following hikes may be taken to qualify for the MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE SEGMENT. Information may be found in Mojave National Preserve, a Visitors Guide, by Olympic Press, or pamphlets, maps, and books from the National Park Service.

Zion National Park

Las Vegas Area Council

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1"x 3"


Any of the following hikes may be taken to qualify for the ZION NATIONAL PARK SEGMENT. Information may be found in pamphlets, maps, and books from the National Park Service and the Zion Natural History Association. Always check in at the Visitors Centerfor local conditions before starting out.

Basin & Range Trails

Las Vegas Area Council

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3½"

The award consists of Boulder Dam Area Council High Adventure Team round patch, featuring the official State Colors of the State of Nevada, and additional segments for specific areas in the Basin and Range Area. The round patch is ordered with the first segment earned and may not be awarded as an award unto itself.

Arizona Mormon Battalion Trail Award

Grand Canyon

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3'' x 3 7/8''

Hike at least 5 miles of the Mormon Battalion Trail.

General Crook Historic Trail Award

Grand Canyon

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7'' x 3'' w/ segments

In 1871, General George Crook ordered a wagon road built from the Arizona Territorial Capital at Prescott, east to New Mexico, and to Fort Apache. The road was used to move troops and supplies into remote eastern Arizona until the railways were built in the 1880s.

San Francisco Peaks Trail Award

Grand Canyon

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5'' Diameter w/ segments

Backpack in the vicinity of the San Francisco Peaks, the surrounding plateau and its rugged canyons in northern Arizona.

Ho-Ho-Kam Trail Medal

Grand Canyon

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1½'' x 3''

Approximately 30 miles long. Plan at least three (3) days. The trail runs from Camp Lawton Boy Scout Camp to the top of Mt. Bigelow, traversing almost 5,000 vertical feet in elevation. This is about the same as climbing in and out of the Grand Canyon.

Highline Trail Award

Grand Canyon

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6 1/2'' x 6''

For a great hiking adventure, the Highline Trail offers breathtaking scenic beauty, a wide variety of plant and animal life, spectacular geological formations, and a fascinating background of Indian and pioneer history.

Colorado River 50-Miler

Inland Empire

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3'' Diameter

Travel any 50 mile stretch of the Colorado River in a canoe, unpowered boat, raft or other inflatable.

Mojave Desert

Las Vegas Area Council

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3" x 3"


Any of the following hikes may be taken to qualify for the MOJAVE DESERT SEGMENT. The canoe trip does not require the backpack portion of this requirement, but does require an adult with a current CPR card and one night camping at a remote site near the river. Information may be found in pamphlets, maps, and books from the National Park Service and other books. Always check in at the Visitors Centerfor local conditions before starting out.

Death Valley National Park

Las Vegas Area Council

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1" x 3"


Any of the following hikes may be taken to qualify for the GREAT BASIN SEGMENT. Information may be found in Backpacking Death Valley, by Chuck Gebhardt, or pamphlets, maps, and books from the National Park Service at Death Valley or the Death Valley Natural History Association. Always check in at the Visitors Center for local conditions before starting out.

106-Miler Backpacking Medal

Orange County

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Backpack and hike 106 cumulative miles over the course of multiple scouting events.  


The purpose of this medal is to motivate scouts who are relatively early in their scouting career with backpacking & hiking.  Mileage over the course of several trips quickly adds up, and before too long a scout will be able to proudly wear this "bling" on their uniform.  


Why 106 miles?  It is half the distance of the iconic John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, symbolizing the scout's achievement and also the fact that many more adventures still await!

Oak Creek - Sedona Rim Hikes Award

Grand Canyon

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7'' x 7'' w/ segments

Sedona Rim country is a unique and beautiful area with many rugged canyons, forested slopes and isolated plateaus and mesas. Most hikes in these areas are best as day hikes and lend themselves to small groups (groups of 10 or less). Several hikes can be overnight trips.

Blue Primitive Area Trails Award

Grand Canyon

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7'' x 8'' w/ segments

Backpack through the Blue Primitive Area, which is in east-central Arizona between State Highway 666 and the New Mexico border and contains some of Arizona's most remote mountain country. It is named for the Blue River which flows north and south through the center of the area. It is similar in ruggedness to the White Mountains to the west and is also a three season area.

Grand Canyon Trails Medal

Grand Canyon

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1½'' x 3''

Complete the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim backpacking trek.

Mazatzal Wilderness Trails Award

Grand Canyon

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5½“ x 6½“"

Hike the Mazatzal Wilderness.

Butterfield Stage Hiking Trail

Grand Canyon

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3 1/2'' x 4''

Hike the Butterfield Stage hiking trail.

Hiking Activity Award

Inland Empire

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2'' x 2'' patches

These awards were developed to encourage beginning hiking activities with advancement. They promote hiking and environmental awareness. The hikes can be completed within a day or over a weekend.