Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area - BLM
Fort Stanton operates in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which oversees thousands of acres surrounding Fort Stanton.
The 25,080-acre Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA),established by Congress in 2009, is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The NCA offers a variety of recreational activities including 100 miles of multi-use trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.
Within the NCA is Fort Stanton Cave, at over 31 miles, it is the second longest cave in New Mexico, the 14th longest cave in the U.S., the 62th longest in the world, and the largest cave managed by the BLM. Snowy River is a significant passage within Fort Stanton Cave, and is the longest cave formation in the world. Today, approximately 15 miles of previously unknown passage have been mapped, without reaching the end.
There are 20 miles of dirt roads designated open to off-highway vehicle use and two formal camping areas:
The Rob Jaggers Campground (formerly the Equestrian Trailhead Campground) has a large parking area with facilities for horseback staging, five RV electric hookups, shelters, bbq grills, a restroom, and drinking water. 575-627-0272
The Cave Campground has shelters, bbq grills, and a restroom but no drinking water. Fort Stanton Cave is not open to the public.
IF YOU GO DETAILS:
Roswell Field Office
2909 West Second Street
Roswell, NM 88201
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 33.49117111 / -105.5181531
From the intersection of NM 246 and US 380 in Capitan, NM, drive east on US 380 for 4.3 miles to NM 220, which will be on the right. From the west end of Lincoln, NM, drive west 7.75 miles to NM 220, which will be on the left. Drive south 0.9 for miles to the Rob Jaggers Campground, where maps and an information kiosk are available. Historic Fort Stanton is approximately 1.5 miles further south on NM 220. On the grounds of Fort Stanton, the State of New Mexico operates a museum with information about the Fort and the Fort Stanton - Snowy River Cave NCA.