Fort Stanton Trail Horseback Riding

The 18th most popular equestrian trail in New Mexico.

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Southeast of Lincoln near Ruidoso, the 24,000 acre Fort Stanton ACEC has 60 miles of developed horseback riding trails. In particular, the Fort Stanton Trail is a 21 mile route passing through the Roswell Resource Area. The routes are also open to hiking and mountain biking so use care when riding.

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 18th most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in New Mexico.


Local Contact(s):  BLM (505) 627-0272; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Biking New Mexico" from Sarah L. Bennett

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Onsite primative camping

Article Source:   Best Fort Stanton Trail Horseback Riding Review

GPS:  33.5134, -105.511

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  8/11/2016

ID:  17234

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