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Established Camping

Fort Stanton Cave Campground

About

Bureau of Land Management

Several shelters, tables and fire rings are located here as well as a vault toilet. All sites are dry and on a first come/first served basis. The access road off of US 380 is graveled. There are no fees for camping in this area.

Fee Info

No fees

Reservation Info

Free dispersed

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Location

Fort Stanton Cave Campground is located in New Mexico

Detail location of campground

Directions

From the east side of Capitan, NM, drive east on US 380 for approximately 5.78 miles to Cave Canyon Rd. Once on Cave Canyon Rd. (to the right), drive approximately 1.12 miles to the campground. From the west side of Lincoln, NM, drive west on US 380 for approximately 6.18 miles to Cave Canyon Rd.

Address

2909 W. 2nd St.
Roswell, NM 88201

Coordinates

33.50657 N
105.49295 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Unknown
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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7 Reviews

JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2023

Cold nights.

Very small campground with beautiful spots. Trash bins and awnings.

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Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by John R., November 27, 2023
Teresa T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2023

Totally concur with the reviews

It is a small but very nice campground. No electricity water or sewer but trash toilets and privacy. Would be hot in high summer and cold right now end of November but if you have a generator and can be off the grid what a cute place to be.

Month of VisitDecember
Dave G.
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2021

Dispersed Camping at it's Best!

Secluded camping about 1.5 miles in from US Rt 380!  On BLM land, the dirt road in is wash boarded in spots, but hey it's free.  Three sites with room for bigger rigs, have picnic tables under shelters and trash cans.  There are also pit toilets.  Moreover, there's undeveloped dispersed sites further in, but high clearance vehicles is advised.  Great Verizon cell service. We were there in November, and it got cold at night (one night down to 14 degrees F), during the day temps were in the mid 60's...so be prepared for cold nights and comfortable days.

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by Dave G., December 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by Dave G., December 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by Dave G., December 7, 2021
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TheCampingNerd ..
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2021

Only 3 Designated Campsites But Awesome Campground

For motorhomes and big rigs the three main campsites are really the only ones I would recommend camping in. 

There are some small boondocking campsites further up cave canyon trail road but the road was pretty rough in spots. 

Cell phone service was great in the campground and we got good data speeds. 

The vault toilet was clean and there's a few garbage cans spread out the campground. 

In October there were other campers there but there was an open site every day. 

Some jeeps and OHV's went by during the day but it was still a great place to camp that was quiet at night.

This is the free campground. There's one that costs money with hookups a few miles away on the road that leads to Fort Stanton.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by TheCampingNerd .., October 27, 2021
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by TheCampingNerd .., October 27, 2021
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by TheCampingNerd .., October 27, 2021
Oscar D.
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2021

High country campground.

Very quiet little park with just a few spots, has water and electricity and a dump site. Close to Lincoln, NM. Historical Fort Stanton just down the road.

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by Oscar D., September 17, 2021
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by Oscar D., September 17, 2021
Jeanie P.
Reviewed May. 27, 2021

Fills up fast but plenty of dispersed camping all along the road.

We tried to stay at this site on a Tuesday in late May, all 3 spots were filled. So we continued down the road where there are lots of other dispersed options just right off Cave Canyon Road. No facilities just rock fire pits. Lots of access to trails (hiking, biking, and horse access only). There's a good map of the trails located at Fort Stanton if you happen to visit there before heading here definitely take a picture. It gets hot here starting in May and not much shade available. As a side note the caves located just by the CG are closed.

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by Jeanie P., May 27, 2021
Quinn Z.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2020

Simple, off the beaten path, nothing fancy but works!

Stayed here back in May 2020. It's on BLM land so no fee, first-come first-serve. Very small little stretch just off the side of the road with a bathroom, tables, and small firepits.  Also some concrete slabs to put your tent on if you want, including some sites with covered slabs to keep the sun / rain off you, or to hang a hammock on. Not every site has those though, and in be careful with the firepits, this area is quite dry and the pits are not well-protected (see my photos). Definitely check local status of having campfires if you're headed here.

Nice because it is easy to get to, will 100% work in a pinch, and is quiet, especially if you have it all to yourself. According to the website it is near a cave system, something I didn't realize at the time (I suppose the name was a pretty big clue, but hey, I'm nothing if not dense in moments...).

All in all, nothing particularly amazing, but functional and comfortable. And hey, if those caves are something special, maybe the proximity of this campground pushes it up into 4 or 5 star territory. Alas, I'll have to find out next time I'm in that part of the country.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by Quinn Z., September 29, 2020
  • Review photo of Fort Stanton Cave Campground by Quinn Z., September 29, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the elevation of Fort Stanton Cave Campground?

Fort Stanton Cave Campground is located at 6102 feet.

Does Fort Stanton Cave Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Fort Stanton Cave Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Fort Stanton Cave Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is good.