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Fort Union National Monument, Watrous

(4.8/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This place is really cool. They have tried to preserve it the best they can. It's really cool to see almost all three sites of this fort. They have the star shaped earthen fort the one closer to the m...  more »
  • We certainly enjoyed visiting here, it’s also a good stop for the family. It’s located about a half hour north of Interstate 25. The ruins of the fort are extensive and you can walk the trails among t...  more »
  • I learned a lot of history about how the army was back in the 1800's. There is not much left of the buildings. The film in the visitor center was really good.