The ruins of New Mexico's largest American frontier–era fort sit on an empty windswept plain. It still echoes with the isolation surely felt by the soldiers stationed here between 1851 and 1890, when the fort was established to protect travelers and settlers along the Santa Fe Trail. It eventually became a military supply depot for the Southwest, but with the taming of the West it was abandoned. The visitor center provides historical background about the fort and the Santa Fe Trail; guided tours are available when volunteers are on hand.
Off NM 161,Exit 364 from I–25, Watrous, New Mexico, 87750, United States