About Fort Stanton Cave Study Project

The Fort Stanton Cave Study Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to conduct and promote exploration, public education, scientific research, and environmentally sound management of the caves and karst within and surrounding the Fort Stanton – Snowy River National Conservation Area. This organization, comprised of around 200 volunteers, has been pursuing these activities for over 40 years, taking Fort Stanton Cave from a well known popular recreational cave, to a world class, scientifically extraordinary, 20+ mile system. The discovery of the famed Snowy River passage in 2001 is one of the most significant achievements of this organization.

From the blog

  • 04.3.14

    Celebrating Five Achievement-Packed Years for Fort Stanton Snowy River Cave NCA

    This amazing National Conservation Area (NCA) was designated on March 30th, 2009 as part of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, which also permanently established the National Conservation Lands. The Fort Stanton Cave is a significant natural, cultural and historical resource located in the south-central part of New Mexico. The … read more

  • 07.25.13

    Wounded Warrior turned caver on Conservation Lands

    Wounded Warrior joins Fort Stanton Cave Study Project by Lynda A. Sánchez Imagine a dark place hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth. Imagine using your hands and feet to feel your way, using your fingers and toes to help guide you in a narrow crevice or in … read more

  • 07.23.13

    Speliophiles Unite in New Mexico

    Last week Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) spent the evening with the folks at the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project to learn more about the group, its work and the diverse research being conducted at the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area in southern New Mexico. Leaders of the Study Project … read more