Ft. Stanton, New Mexico

This 150-year-old pre-Civil War fort (1855) was home at one time to Kit Carson, the Buffalo Soldiers, 'Black Jack' Pershing, German prisoners, Geronimo and Billy the Kid. The public is only allowed onto the grounds (the state is using it as a rehab center) one day a year. The event is called 'Ft. Stanton Live!' and it happens in mid-August annually. 'Fort Stanton Live!' converts the fort into a living history stage with military re-enactors, storytellers, Buffalo Soldiers and more (free). Any other time you’ll have to be satisfied with small but nice Fort Stanton Museum & Visitor’s Center which includes a re-created officer’s room and library. Annual events: 'Ft. Stanton Live!' mid-August (call to confirm). Location: N.M. 220 between N.M. 48 and U.S. 380 (northeast of Ruidoso). Hours: 10-4 Thurs-Mon.