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Address: County Road A019, Deming, NM

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It's a shame.

To enjoy the remains of the fort ,you really must be a history buff. In the last 12 year since we first visited it, the adobe ha deteriorated to very little left. Years ago this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2016
doc5111938
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Deming, New Mexico
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Deming, New Mexico
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

To enjoy the remains of the fort ,you really must be a history buff. In the last 12 year since we first visited it, the adobe ha deteriorated to very little left. Years ago this should have been declared a national monument, but I guess no one had the vision. This and Cooks Spring played a lot in the early... More 

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San Diego, California
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70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Went here the first time with a local historian which lent a lot to the visit. It can be hard to find because the turn-off is almost immediately left after you turn onto Cooke's Peak road and is unmarked. Worth the drive though. In the summer watch for snakes. Don't miss the well, cemetery or the massacre canyon.

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1 Thank Maryloualso
Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Hands down one of the most historic sites that I have visited with a combination of authenticity, atmosphere and actual ruins. Here was an Indian Wars fort, a historic cemetery, a Butterfield Stage Station and Cooke's Canyon where perhaps 400 people lost their lives and many are still buried in hurried graves from Apache attacks. There are also significant petroglyphs... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I conducted archaeological excavation here in the late 1980s, so this place always holds dear to me. The history of this place is real, unlike so many roadside attractions.

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1 Thank Victor G
Cumming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Fort Cummings was used at two different periods to protect travelers from Indian attacks. The other review has the directions how to get there. There is no signage until you get to the ruins. I was on a dual purpose motorcycle so the roads are fun to me. They could likely be traveled by pretty much any car but it... More 

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Black Hawk, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A very historic area. Quite a bit of the ruins are still visible and the spring house is in excellent condition yet! Very interesting place to see!

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2 Thank Gloria H
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I guess the roads have changed a little since the last review. From the village of Nutt, where NM27 and NM26 split off, travel approximately 14 miles SW on NM26. Turn NW on Luna County road 19, which is labeled Cooks Canyon Road. There are a house trailer, a corral, and some outbuildings at the intersection. If you miss it,... More 

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Deming, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I suggest you have a pick-up or jeep if you plan to visit Ft. Cummings, 15 miles northeast of Deming, NM. This fort was manned by Buffalo Soldiers, and is located on the Butterfield Trail. It is near Massacre Canyon, the most dangerous section of the Butterfield Trail. Some adobe walls still exist, as does the graveyard and springhouse. Always,... More 

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Las Cruces, NM
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

If you like outdoorsy adventures, the trek to Fort Cummings and the informational signs along the way will definitely be enjoyable. The road isn't terrible, but if there's been any rain lately, it gets sloppy fast. Travel north of Deming on Hwy 26 towards Hatch, and at Mile Marker 15, looks for a road off to your left which is... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

A movie should be made about the history of this place and the surrounding country. It is a bit out of the way but well worth the trip. Be prepared for a fairly long bumpy dirt road. Bring a camera!

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