Southeast of Lincoln near Ruidoso, the 24,000 acre Fort Stanton ACEC has 60 miles of developed hiking trails open to hikers, mountain biking and horseback riding. In particular, the Fort Stanton Trail is a 21 mile route passing through the Roswell Resource Area. Also, don’t miss the Fort Stanton Cave with 11 miles of mapped passages (open May through October, permit required).
Most of the trials start from the Horse Trails Parking Lot on SR220.
To reach the trailhead from Lincoln, head west on US380 for 7.7 miles. Turn south on SR220 for 1 mile to the parking area.
To reach the trailhead from Capitan, go east on US 380 for 4 miles. Turn right on SR 220 and go about 1 mile to parking on the left.
Note: the accompanying trail map was updated in July 2004.
Overall, Fort Stanton Trail is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico.