Fort Selden Historic Site

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575-202-1638  • Regional Office & Alexandra McKinney: Instructional Coordinator
Hours and Days of Operation:
Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 to 4:30.
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Admission Prices:
$5. Free to NM residents on the first Sunday of each month. Children 16 and under are always admitted free. Wednesday admission is free to New Mexico Seniors with ID. New Mexico foster parents and foster children are admitted free.Driving Directions:
Radium Springs, NM. I-25 Exit 19, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, NM

Thank you for your interest in visiting Fort Selden Historic Site. Our staff is eager to meet you and your students. We are here to help provide a great learning experience! This guide is divided into three sections to assist you in planning a visit to the site, scheduling classroom presentations, and utilizing site lesson plans in your classroom. Please feel free to call us for additional information at 575-202-1638.
Alexandra McKinney: Instructional Coordinator
New Mexico Historic Sites, Southern Region

As early as 400 A.D. Native American farmers, the Mogollon, lived on the same land that would become Fort Selden centuries later. In 1598, the area was known as Paraje Robledo, or Cruz de Robledo, a welcome paraje [campsite] on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, or the Royal Road to the Interior Lands. Today, visitors to Fort Selden can walk on an authentic portion of El Camino Real. Fort Selden was established in April 1865 to bring peace to the region. Several of the units that served there were African-American only regiments referred to as Buffalo Soldiers. Fort Selden was abandoned in 1891 as hostilities lessened and the needs of the military changed. Today, ghostly adobe ruins are all that remain of Fort Selden offering visitors a glimpse of another time.