Roswell Field Office
2909 West Second Street
Roswell, NM 88201-2019
Fort Stanton Recreation Area is comprised of 24,000 acres of BLM lands within the old Fort Stanton Military Reservation. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca Mountains in southern New Mexico, Fort Stanton uniquely blends mountain streams, rolling hills, mesas, and open bottomlands. Fort Stanton was carved out of Mescalero Apache homelands during the 1850's. In 1855, the U.S. Cavalry established Fort Stanton as a Cavalry fort. During these tumultuous times, the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers were sent to the New Mexico Territory to protect settlers in the area. The area is currently managed by the BLM for biological, archaeological and scenic qualities, while also providing quality recreation opportunities.
Map + Directions
Traveling on US 380, from the Village of Capitan, drive east 4.25 miles and turn south on NM 220. From the town of Lincoln, drive west 7.7 miles and turn south on NM 220 and travel one mile to the horse trails parking lot. The State owned historic Fort Stanton is approximately one mile further on NM 220.