The year-long research and investigative project was undertaken to determine the “highest and best” use for the under-utilized 146-year-old fort. In state ownership since the 1950s, past uses have included a sanitarium and a hospital for the developmentally disabled.
The study began by completing a detailed evaluation of the fort’s 85 major buildings, for both physical condition and surviving historic integrity. Studied suggestions for future uses included a conference center, a private college, music school, arts and crafts school, historic preservation school, resort hotel, sports camp, and a riding school. The final report recommends that the facility remain under state ownership and be developed for cultural and recreational tourism uses. The fort has since been added to the New Mexico State Monument System.