The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs announced this week the reopening of seven historic sites throughout the state, including the Fort Stanton which was closed early this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fort Stanton, a 240-acre location in Lincoln County, will be open to the public beginning Feb. 13, though visitors will be asked to adhere to COVID safe practices while at the site. That includes limiting the number of visitors to 75 people or 25% of capacity, whichever is smaller.
Public programs, special events, and volunteer/docent activities will continue in virtual formats only. Performance spaces, theaters, libraries and classrooms and collection areas will be closed to visitors as well.
All visitors to the site are asked to practice social distancing, observing at least a 6-foot distance from persons not in their party, and will be required to use face coverings or face masks.
“I am excited to support Fort Stanton in any way that I can,” said state Sen. Liz Stefanics, whose district includes Fort Stanton Historic Site.
“I have seen the commitment of the staff, the enthusiasm of the volunteers, and the constant flow of visitors in past years. The history of the place and the culture displayed in the exhibits is one of the most hands on presentations to history as one roams the grounds of the fort.”
Stefanics said the reopening provided an opportunity to local communities impacted by loss of tourism revenues and also allowed visitors from far and wide to appreciate New Mexico’s’ history first hand.
Also reopening Feb. 13 are Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Sumner/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, Lincoln, and Los Luceros. All reopened locations have altered opening days and times which are posted to https://media.newmexicoculture.org/.
If you plan to visit
The historic site is located in Capitan, New Mexico.
For further information on hours and days of operation, please call the site at 575-354-0341.
The site is open to the public beginning Feb. 13 under new operating days and times.
- Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Visitors can tour the 240-acre site and explore the landscape of Kit Carson, John Black Jack Pershing, New Mexico’s Buffalo Soldier, and others.
There is no admission fee, though donations are accepted.
Learn more about Fort Stanton Historic Site at www.FortStanton.com.
Source: Jessica Onsurez for Ruidoso News
Image Source: FortStanton.org