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Fort Stanton

104 Kit Carson Road, Fort Stanton, NM 88323, USA

Fort Stanton was established in May 1855 as a staging area for sending troops to control the Apache Indians. It grew as a garrison and was manned by Union soldiers at the start of the Civil War. The Fort was suddenly abandoned and set on fire by the Union in August of 1861; however the fire was extinguished by torrential rain, and much of the fort was salvaged. Fort Stanton was subsequently occupied by Confederate troops until October 1862, when Kit Carson and five companies of New Mexico volunteers reoccupied the fort.


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From El Paso, go north on U.S. Highway 54 to U.S. Highway 70 east toward Ruidoso. Take N.M. Highway 48 through Ruidoso to Route 220 (Airport Road). After passing the airport, turn left at the stop sign and continue to Fort Stanton.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, gift shop, museum, trails.

Regular Events

Fort Stanton Live- Military Ball in August, Candlelight Tour, Buffalo Soldiers, Music, Storytellers and more

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April-November: Thursday-Saturday 10:00AM - 4:00PM Sunday 12:00PM - 4:00PM, Monday 10:00AM - 4:00PM; December - March: Saturday 10:00AM - 4:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM - 4:00PM



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