This most widely visited state historic site in New Mexico is part of a community frozen in time—the 1870s and 1880s. The monument includes 17 structures and outbuildings, 4 of which are open year round and 2 more seasonally as museums.
Three annual events put the spotlight on Lincoln County western history:
Fort Stanton Live takes place at the Fort over the second weekend in July and features historical re-enactments, lectures on the events that shaped the region, live music and food.
Old Lincoln Days held in Lincoln the first weekend in August, includes re-enactments of Billy the Kid’s Last Escape, a pageant, parade, arts and crafts and food.
By far the most popular Lincoln County event is the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, held during the second weekend in October. Each year Ruidoso Downs plays host to the nation's finest cowboy festival with old west storytellers, musicians (including the world famous Texas Playboys), chuckwagon cooks, chuckwagon cookoffs, western artists and craftsmen for three days of events, cowboy competitions, horse demonstrations, western swing dancing, kids rodeo and educational activities. In 1996, the symposium was selected as the Best Cowboy Cultural Event by the National Cowboy Symposium Association. In addition, the LCCS has been named one of North America's top 100 events by the American Bus Association.