Fort Union National Monument, Watrous

4.7
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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  • October 3, 2017
    Sam (13) and Dad visited here during our latest Father, Son trip. We picked lesser visited National Parks and Monuments, and found many are just off major Interstates especially in New Mexico. This is...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Ft. Union is about 8 miles off I-25 and is worth the trip - very desolate with clear views almost to the horizon - hard to sneak up on a fort with that kind of long view over great grasslands and mini...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    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 »
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  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    Beautiful and rich history while still being easy to navigate with kids.
  • July 7, 2017
    We enjoyed learning about Fort Union. We were there July 1, 2017.
  • June 12, 2017
    Just did a quick stop while traveling. Plan to go back to walk around the ruins of the old fort.
  • July 9, 2017
    I love are history just to walk around and to see are history in the making

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