Fort Stanton Historic Site

Explore Fort Stanton After Dark This Weekend

October 22, 2019


(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Fort Stanton Historic Site is offering a one-of-a-kind chance to explore the grounds and buildings after the sun goes down. The Fort Stanton After Dark! event is Saturday, October 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. (Media Resources available)

Fort Stanton’s contribution to the history of New Mexico is unparalleled during more than 160 years in operation. It has served as an Army post, tuberculosis sanatorium, internment camp and correctional facility. Although the gates are open every day for visitors, few get to experience the fort after dark.

During the After Dark events visitors interact with costumed living historians, storytellers, and investigators from the Lincoln County Paranormal Historical Society.

The free trick or treat trail will run from 5 – 7 p.m.

Guided tours of the historic Fort Stanton Hospital will take place every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. Cost for the guided tours is $10 per person, children under 10 are free.

All proceeds support ongoing preservation efforts at the Fort Stanton Historic Site through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and Fort Stanton, Inc.

Please visit or call 575-354-0341 to purchase tickets for the guided tours!


Media Resources approved for use by the NM Dept. of Cultural Affairs:  Interview with Historic Sites Deputy Director Tim Roberts, B Roll: Museum, Parade Grounds & Buildings

About New Mexico Historic Sites:

New Mexico Historic Sites are a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, through the generous support of donors.

On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, eight sites are open to the public: CoronadoFort SeldenFort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, Lincoln, and Los Luceros.

In 2003, the J. Paul Taylor Family bequeathed the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds House and Property on the Mesilla Plaza to the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Still serving as J. Paul Taylor’s private home, the property will become a Historic Site after his passing. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions can be accessed at


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Front of Fort Stanton Hospital built in 1936

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