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Fort Union National Monument, Watrous

4.7
#25 of 58 in Historic Sites in New Mexico
Monument National Park
A Fort for a Young Amerca

Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest.
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  • Sad to admit that as a native of NM this was my first visit. The guided tour was informational and interesting. Such rich history about the US military, New Mexico and the Santa Fe Trail. Benches alon...  more »
  • I gave Fort Union five stars, but keep in mind it is a small historic site -- a good one. We arrived early and had the place to ourselves. We allowed an hour to visit, but two would be better. We got ...  more »
  • If you are interested in western history or the Santa Fe trail, this is a worthwhile stop. The staff was very knowledgeable, the bookstore selection was good and the setting is spectacular. I enjoyed ...  more »
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  • I thought it was worth the stop. It was free and we spent about 2 hours there. It is kind of a self - guided walk. We did one guided tour but they're not really geared towards kids so my kids were bored. The staff was all very nice but many of our questions about life in that time period they weren't sure of the answers. No sun cover, and always windy here so bring a secure hat, sunscreen and water. The walk is all level ground, but on gravel. I would have stayed longer to read more of the history but kids were bored after 2 hours. Perfect side detour.
  • Beautiful and rich history while still being easy to navigate with kids.
  • We enjoyed learning about Fort Union. We were there July 1, 2017.
  • Just did a quick stop while traveling. Plan to go back to walk around the ruins of the old fort.
  • I love are history just to walk around and to see are history in the making

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