Take a trip back in time with a visit to Fort Selden State Monument as they honor the civilians and soldiers who lived at the fort and protected the residents of the Mesilla Valley after the Civil War.
Fort Selden was established in 1865 in an effort to bring peace to the south central region of present day New Mexico. Built on the banks of the Rio Grande, this adobe fort housed units of the U.S. Infantry and Cavalry. Their intent was to protect settlers and travelers in the Mesilla Valley from desperados and Apache Indians. Several of the units stationed at the fort were black troopers, referred to as “Buffalo Soldiers”. A young Douglas Mac Arthur called the fort home while his father was post commander in the late 1880s.
Hours and Days of Operation:
Open 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays.
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
$5.00 | Free to NM residents on the first Sunday of each month. Children 16 and under are always admitted free. Wednesday admission is free to New Mexico Seniors with ID.
Phone: (575) 526-8911