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Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area
Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area

Project Proposals for 2016 Caving Season

The Roswell Field Office is now accepting project work and scientific proposals for the 2016 caving season for caves within the Roswell Field Office boundaries. All proposals must be received by January 19, 2016.

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The Fort Stanton - Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA) was established in 2009 to protect, conserve, and enhance the unique and nationally important historic, cultural, scientific, archaeological, natural, and educational subterranean cave resources of the Fort Stanton - Snowy River Cave system.

The NCA was once known as the Fort Stanton Military Reservation.  In 1855, the U.S. Army established Fort Stanton as an Infantry and Cavalry post in the east-central New Mexico Territory to protect settlers in the region. 

Within the NCA is Fort Stanton Cave, at over 31 miles, it is the second longest cave in New Mexico, the 14th longest cave in the U.S., the 62th longest in the world, and the largest cave managed by the BLM.

Snowy River is a significant passage within Fort Stanton Cave, and is the longest cave formation in the world.  Today, approximately 15 miles of previously unknown passage have been mapped, without reaching the end. 



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National Conservation Area Information

  • Created: March 30, 2009
  • Size: 25,080 acres of public land

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Contact Information

  • Roswell Field Office
    2909 West 2nd Street
    Roswell, NM  88201-2019

Last updated: 12-14-2015