How often have you seen a Native American kiva next to a 16th century Spanish colonial church, gained a glimpse of military fort life, or walked through an historic town little changed from the 1800s?
The seven New Mexico Historic Sites allow for exactly such unique experiences, and allow the visitor to discover the diverse history and prehistory of the state—all within a few hours drive by car.
Our Historic Sites include:
El Camino Real Historic Trail Site
Tells the story of the first European settlements of North America and the road that made it possible. Located 30 miles south of Socorro at Exit 115.
Coronado Historic Site
The Tiwa pueblo of Kuaua once stood here on the banks of the Rio Grande near the site where the expedition of Spanish conquistador Francisco Vásquez de Coronado camped in 1540. Located ten miles north of Albuquerque in Bernalillo.
Jemez Historic Site
The ruins of Giusewa, an ancient Towa settlement near present-day Jémez Pueblo, are in a beautiful setting shared with San Jose de los Jémez, a 17th-century Spanish mission church. Located 43 miles north of Bernalillo and Coronado Historic Site.
Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner
In the 1860s, some 9,000 Navajo and several hundred Mescalero Apache people were interned here by the U.S. government at the site known as the Bosque Reservation. Located two miles east of the village of Fort Sumner on the Billy the Kid Road.
Once the home of young Douglas MacArthur, this adobe-brick fort was built in 1865 to protect settlements and today offers a glimpse of Army life on the frontier. The historic outpost was once home to cavalry units of Black troops nicknamed "Buffalo Soldiers." Located 13 miles north of Las Cruces at Radium Springs.
Established in 1855 as a military post to control the Mescalero Apache Indians, Fort Stanton may be one of the most intact 19th century military forts in all of America today.
Lincoln Historic Site
This historic town is the site of the Lincoln County wars and Billy the Kid's escape in the late-1800s. Eleven adobe homes and buildings line the only street of now-peaceful Lincoln. Located 12 miles east of Capitan.
Each site tells a unique story, important to the understanding of New Mexico history. So join us in a day of discovery and Travel Back in Time. . . to each of the New Mexico Historic Sites.
Other sites to visit are also included under each Historic Site description.