Confederate forces occupied the outpost in
the beginning of the American Civil War after the post was
abandoned with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in the region.
The Mescalero Apache live in the area near the
Fort Stanton property became America's first
federal tuberculosis hospital. In World War II it interned
both German and Japanese.
Today, Fort Stanton is a popular site for
military reenactments and recreational horse riding. It has
over 360 miles of trails and is the venue of an annual endurance
riding event that has grown to be 6 days long. Fort Stanton
is on BLM land surrounded by the Smokey Bear Ranger District of
the Lincoln National Forest.
In 2008, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson
announced plans to establish Fort Stanton as a living history
venue, Fort Stanton State Monument, and funds to renovate
headquarters, officers quarters, and stables.
Fort Stanton, Inc.
P.O. Box 1
Fort Stanton, NM 88323
It is a great place to bring your entire family
for a picnic or a day of fun and exploration.