Fort Craig National Historic Site

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Fort Craig National Historic Site

New Mexico

(575) 835-0412

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Overview

Fort Craig, established in 1854, was one of the largest and most important frontier forts in the West. Set in the rugged beauty of Socorro County, New Mexico, it was one of the eight forts situated along the primary north-south road in the Rio Grande Valley. Popular activities in Fort Craig National Historic Site include hiking, self-guided tours, and "living history" events. Visitors also enjoy picnicking; the area has picnic facilities, interpretive signs, restrooms, and drinking water.

Fort Craig played a crucial role in Indian campaigns and the Civil War. Military excursions from Fort Craig pursued such notable Apache leaders as Geronimo, Victorio and Nana. The Fort has a rich multicultural history, full of stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice. The Fort was home to Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry and 38th and 125th Infantry, the predominantly Hispanic New Mexico Volunteers and New Mexico Militia, and household names like Kit Carson, Rafael Chacón, and Captain Jack Crawford.

Map of Fort Craig Nat'l

Latitude, Longitude: 33.630057, -107.009926

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Fort Craig has a rich multicultural history, full of stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice. Visitors can exploring the area and learning about the rich history through guided hiking tours, following well marked trails providing historic details, and through interpretive programs provided by the park.

  • Picnicking

    Fort Craig has picnic facilities, interpretive signs, restrooms, and drinking water.

Directions

Driving

South of Socorro via I-25, NM 1 and Fort Craig Road

Phone Numbers

Primary

(575) 835-0412

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