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Address: 901 Highway 85, Socorro, NM 87801-4168
Phone Number: +1 575-835-0412
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Interesting site with a friendly docent

This isn't actually very close to Socorro. To me it was worth four miles down a dirt road. The fort was quite large and the ruins are still there. The path through the site is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 May 2016
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Central Arizona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The fort is in ruins but the country is flat and the trails are well kept. Although we wouldn't do this in a wheel chair without inflated large tires on the wheel chair. Not with standing that, there are many trails that criss cross on the 14.5 acre site and only one short set of stairs. The visitors center have... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

This isn't actually very close to Socorro. To me it was worth four miles down a dirt road. The fort was quite large and the ruins are still there. The path through the site is gravel and the signage is very good. A good stop for families so kids can expend some energy and possibly learn something.

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Yorktown
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

For an enthusiast of the American Civil War wanting to understand the 1862 New Mexico Campaign, a visit to Fort Craig is a must. Fort Craig was established as a cavalry post in 1854 and was one of the largest forts in the Southwest. With the outbreak of the Civil War, the fort remained in Union hands. As a result,... More 

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jackson, ms
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

I came across this site, quite by accident. While driving to another site, I saw a small sign on the roadway that read, "Fort Craig" with an arrow pointing to the right. What the heck, I thought. So I turned right. Another sign pointed left and into the desert. I was a bit leary, but then a sedan came up... More 

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Garland, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Interesting site for history lovers. Located about 35 miles south of Socorro. The Visitor Center is closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, but there are printed guides available at the start of the trail. Pretty level trail makes for easy walking. Bring water as there is no shade (except at 2 picnic shelters by the visitor center) and the sun and... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

This is a very interesting spot. It's a bit off the main road (not much) but worth the extra few miles. One problem is that the Visitor Center is not always open, and it's a plus if it is. Not spectacular, but nice especially for Civil War buffs.

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

Though this is slightly off the beaten path, we were glad we made the stop to see this historic old fort. The volunteer in the visitor center was very knowledgeable, and the self-guided trail was nicely done and very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

This is a small, very out of the way ruin of a civil war era fort. It is manned by a volunteer who can answer all of your questions! The walk around the fort area is very interesting. Takes awhile to get there though.

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

A super place to visit to learn more about the forts of the west. The volunteer staff is totally amazing, the visitor center is a great introduciton.

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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

This place is not too far off the highway, and if you are a history buff, as I am, you will like it. I always learn new things when I visit sites such as this. The docent on site was very helpful also, though it was last year when I visited.

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