Fort Stanton State Monument

When in the ski town Ruidoso, New Mexico, consider taking a side trip to Fort Stanton State Monument.  Fort Stanton is located off Bill the Kid Scenic Byway less than 30 minutes northeast of Ruidoso.  It is situated in the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area which features camping and 100 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails.