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Fort Stanton State Historic Site

Address
104 Kit Carson Rd.

Ft. Stanton, NM 88323
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575-354-0341
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Historic Site, Museum

Description

Fort Stanton ChapelPhoto by Gina Kelley

The Fort Stanton State Historic Site is a must see attraction when visiting Lincoln County.  Few sites in the nation encompass the breadth of history seen at the Fort. Early cultures lived along the Bonito River, leaving behind rich archeological evidence of human occupation. Spanish and Mexican settlers established communities in the nearby area, long before the United States sent the military west to protect settlers journeying to the region from the indigenous Apache Indians who claimed the lands as their own. The Fort was established in 1855 and operated as a military fortification through 1896.

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Category
Historic Site, Museum
Season

Year Round but limited hours during the winter

Hours

Museum Hours:

January - March:  Saturday and Sunday Noon - 4pm

April - November:

  • Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sunday:  Noon - 4 pm

December:

  • Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sunday Noon - 4 pm
Price Note

Free but donations are gratefully accepted

Highlights

Fort Stanton LIVE! Is held annually during the 2nd weekend in July and features re-enactments of Buffalo Soldier and Civil War battles, Apache dancers, storytelling, lectures and more.

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From Ruidoso, take Hwy 48 North for 7 miles. At NM 220, turn right. Stay on 220 for 12 1/2 miles, Fort Stanton is on the left.

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