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Was on my January trip to New Mexico, traveling from Las Crices to Albuquerque.  Got off I-25, planning to check out the Bosque del Apache refuge.  On the rode, I saw a sign for Fort Craig.  Did not know there was an historic fort in this area.  Drove the gravel road to check it out.

Visited with the host of the historic site.  Did no have time to tour the ruins as I needed to get to my motel.  As it was, a cousin living in Albuquerque was interested in going to the fort.  We made plans for make a day trip to Bosque del Apache, Fort Craig, and El Camino Real International Heritage Center.

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Fort Craig was an important frontier outpost during the Civil War period.  Since decommissioning it was left to vandals and the elements, All that is left are well deteriorated ruins and earthen walls.  The fort was one of 8 forts that guarded the roads of the Rio Grange Valley.

Ownership of the fort was transferred to the US Bureau of Land Management in 1981.  BLM has done a great job of preserving the history of Ft. Craig with interpretive signs.  There is a small Visitor Center - staffed by a volunteer and open Thursday through Monday. 


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