Fort Union National Monument, Watrous

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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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  • What a great surprise!!! You can actually see the wagon rut impressions from years ago along the Santa Fe Trail. As you see this site, you can picture what a central hub it was to the early settlers. ...  more »
  • Decided to visit on my way home from exploring the Northeast corner of NM during the holiday weekend. So glad I did! Spent about 2.5 hours here. The National Monument is about 8 miles off I-25. Along ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Some of the best preserved ruins I have see. You can either explore on your own or take the Ranger lead tour. You can actually walk through some of them.
  • If you like American history this is a must stop. Rangers are fantastic.
  • 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.
  • This is an awesome historical monument, featuring the ruins of a major military base and Civil War battleground and a musuem. The guides are friendly and welcoming, and a self-tour is free. It does not take long to get to from i-25 if you are just passing through.
  • Wonderful location for history buffs.

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