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Lincoln and Fort Stanton

Children dance on stage during Old Lincoln Days performance. Photo: NM Historic Sites.

Ready to head out on the highway, looking for adventure on a weekend getaway? Head to southeastern New Mexico to Lincoln and Fort Stanton. These state historic sites offer two of the state’s most unique and significant locations open to visitors. New Mexico’s distinctive character is a complex tale of cultural collisions, and often tragic and violent events. This summer both Lincoln and Fort Stanton Historic Sites are working hard to make legacy events more exciting than ever while also rolling out new programs.

Lincoln Historic Site
Lincoln is 57 miles west of Roswell, NM
575-653-4025 |

Experience the historic village of Lincoln like never before at one of our new monthly Murder and Mayhem tours. These guided strolls at night down “America’s most dangerous Street,” highlight some of the more violent and seedy aspects of the village where the likes of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett once roamed. Tours are currently scheduled for June 30th and July 21st.

On Saturday, June 24, come out to old Lincoln during our San Juan Day Cultural Festival. This brand-new event brings together the music, art, and history of South Central New Mexico in a new and exciting way. Shop among local artists and vendors and take in performances by the legendary Cipriano Vigil and the always entertaining Flying “J” Wranglers.

The summer culminates with the annual Old Lincoln Days on August 5–7. The highlight of this event is the Last Escape of Billy the Kid western pageant, which has been performed annually for nearly 70 years. Beyond this once-in-a-lifetime performance, the entire town of Lincoln will be filled with special events, activities, vendors, living history demonstrations, live music, and much, much more. We hope to see you in Lincoln County this summer!

Lincoln Historic Site is open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., 7 days a week. $7. Free to NM residents on the first Sunday of each month and to NM Seniors with ID Wednesdays. Children 16 and under are always admitted free.

Fort Stanton Historic Site
380 south of Capitan, left on 220
575-354-0341 |

Experience history where it happened July 8 during Fort Stanton LIVE! — one of the premier living history events in the Southwest, an entertaining and educational experience to engage the whole family. Fort Stanton is the best preserved territorial era army post in the state of New Mexico and a truly unique historical experience.

Move into the twentieth century at the end of July with the Fort Stanton March on Rome event. This two-day event brings World War II reenactors from all across country to Lincoln County. This year we will also be opening a brand-new museum exhibit dedicated to the German internees that spent time at Fort Stanton during World War II.

Established by the United States government in 1855, Fort Stanton served as an American foothold in the newly acquired New Mexico territory and as a base of operation for the US Army’s campaign to subdue and remove the local, native Mescalero Apache people. Even before the Americans arrived however, Hispanic ranchers and farmers settled the area and established villages including nearby San Patricio and Las Placitas del Rio Bonito, soon to be renamed Lincoln.

During the bloody Lincoln County War, Fort Stanton and its soldiers played a critical role in restoring peace to the region and many of the conflict’s most celebrated and infamous characters, including Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, spent time at the fort.

Fort Stanton Historic Site grounds are open dailly from 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 a.m. The museum is open daily 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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