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Fort Selden Historic Site

School Tours

Thank you for your interest in Fort Selden Historic Site. Our staff is eager to meet you and your students. We are here to help provide a great learning experience! Please feel free to call us for additional information at 575-202-1638.


School Tours of Fort Selden Historic Site

•Enjoy a guided tour of the site.

•Take your students on a self-guided walking tour.

•Explore the artifacts and information in the Visitor Center.

•Request a special demonstration or hands-on activities.

•Reserve a special tour coordinated with Leasburg State Park.

•Reserve the outdoor pavilion for lunch or other activities.

Key Site Themes:

•Indigenous cultures of Southern NM

•European contact and colonization

•Westward Expansion

•Natural Resources

•Contested space


Tour Planning:

•School tours are offered at Fort Selden on Thursdays and Fridays. School tours are free.

•Book your tour by contacting Instructional Coordinator Alexandra McKinney at alexandra.mckinney@state.nm.us or call 575-202-1638.

•Please submit a request at least three weeks prior to the date of your planned visit.

•Up to two classes can be scheduled in the morning and two more in the afternoon. Larger groups require special scheduling.

•Please bring one chaperone for every ten students.

•Students should wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, sunscreen, and hats.

•A staff member or tour guide will meet your bus in the parking lot and guide your group into the site. Please call the front desk at 575-526-8911 if your group is running late.

•Please silence your cellphones while on the tour, but feel free to take photographs.

Teacher Information - Previsit summary of site

Safety Considerations:

•Students and guests should stay on the trails.

•Students should stay with chaperones during their visit.

•Prepare for seasonal weather changes.

•Do not allow students to climb on trees, buildings, rocks, or historic structures.

•Do not allow students to disturb wildlife.

•Visitors should not pick anything up from the ground.

•Report injuries to a staff member immediately.

State Benchmarks and Standards:

School group visits to Fort Selden are designed to complement the New Mexico Department of Education’s benchmarks and standards.

Social Studies Standards -

4th grade:  Benchmark I-A, I-B, I-D; II-B, II-C, II-E; III-C

7th grade:  Benchmark I-A, I-B; II-A, II-B, II-E

9th grade:  Benchmark I-A; II-B, II-C, II-E


Fort Selden Historic Site

Alexandra McKinney                              Instructional Coordinator                      New Mexico Historic Sites,                        Southern Region alexandra.mckinney@state.nm.us