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Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area

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Open year-round.


Rob Jaggers Camping Area
Day Use Fee: Free

Developed Sites

  • Camping w/o electricity or water: Free
  • Sites No. 1-8
    • Water: $5.00
    • Electric, 30 amp: $5.00
  • Sites No. 9-16
    • Water Only: $5.00
  • Group Shelter
    • Reservation: $25.00
    • To make group shelter reservations, please contact the camp host at 575-322-0030, or for more information please contact the Roswell Field Office.
  • RV Dump Station: $15.00
  • Senior Pass: Half Price

Location / Access

From the intersection of NM 246 and US 380 in Capitan, NM, drive east on US 380 for 4.3 miles to NM 220, which will be on the right. From the west end of Lincoln, NM, drive west 7.75 miles to NM 220, which will be on the left. Drive south 0.9 for miles to the Rob Jaggers Campground, where maps and an information kiosk are available. Historic Fort Stanton is approximately 1.5 miles further south on NM 220. On the grounds of Fort Stanton, the State of New Mexico operates a museum with information about the Fort and the Fort Stanton - Snowy River Cave NCA.

Special Rules

There are 22 miles of designated roads within the NCA. Vehicles are limited to designated routes which will be marked with signs stating open or closed.

Photo of little brown bat with White Nose Syndrome The New Mexico State Director of the BLM has determined that caves with significant bat populations are special areas requiring protection. This is based on the potential risk of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) infection to those bat populations. Therefore, Special Recreation Permits (SRP) will be required for all activities in caves with significant bat roosts. In an effort to limit the introduction of WNS to these caves by humans, the BLM will issue a limited number of SRPs to cave researchers who are subject to verified USFWS decontamination procedures.


Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines


Fort Stanton–Snowy River NCA is located at an elevation of about 6,300 feet above sea level in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Blanca Mountains of south-central New Mexico. The surface landscape of Fort Stanton includes rolling hills, mesas, and both seasonal and perennial streams with grasslands, piñon/juniper shrublands, and ponderosa pine forest habitats. The sub-surface caves of the area continue to be discovered and explored. Rainfall averages 15 inches annually, most of it coming during the monsoon season of July, August, and September. Thunderstorms are a common occurrence and lightning poses a hazard to hikers.

Temperatures range from an average summer high of 85 degrees to winter lows averaging 19 degrees. Fire restrictions and/or closures are sometimes implemented in the NCA (check this website for updates). Please be alert for rattlesnakes during warmer weather.


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National Conservation Area Information

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

Plan Your Visit

Contact Information

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

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