Southern and Central New Mexico Exploration

ttora4runner

Expedition Leader
Two weekends ago I made the trip to southern New Mexico to do some exploring around the Fort Stanton Historic Site and the surrounding area then down to White Sands National Park and then to central New Mexico Quebradas National Back Country Byway.

Fort Stanton, New Mexico: https://www.fortstanton.org/history

Photos are in order as to how I toured the site, unfortunately the buildings where locked due to COVID so I couldn’t explore them.

















 
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ttora4runner

Expedition Leader




The building on the left was the Occupational Therapy Building and the building on the right is the Power Plant (building in 1935, was the 2nd one building on site and one of the oldest in New Mexico).



Down the road from the fort is the location of the Fort Stanton Cemetery.













 
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ttora4runner

Expedition Leader










View from the cemetery







After exploring the cemetery I head out on some of the forest service roads in the area to do some exploring, had the trail all to myself.

East Mesa Trail



 
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ttora4runner

Expedition Leader




Overlook – there’s a campground to left down in the valley with one camper (Cave campground, there is cave in area you can explore which I didn’t do on this trip).



From the East Well Trail











Gypusm Spring Canyon – nothing left of the lake besides the structures.



I was tempted to walk out on this but opted not to.
 
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ttora4runner

Expedition Leader








One of the trails in the area that you can hike and bike and from what could tell they don’t get much use.



White Sands National Park on the 2nd day, a park which I don’t ever recall visiting on family vacations growing up. Recent snow storms added to the whiteness of the park. I think it would be fun to return and camp in one of the backcountry campsites for a night.







 
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Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Your posts are always interesting and packed with history. I visited Fort Stanton once but it was closed on a Federal Holiday.


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NMBruce

Adventurer
Great pictures

I did the White Sands trail many years ago, started around 8:30-9 in the fall and it still got hot before I could finish.
 

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