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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 is a great place - and doesn't charge a fee when I visited. The fort is ruins, but the size is daunting. The Santa Fe trail partially circles the ruins. This is the third and final fort at this l...  more »
  • This was part of a road trip with the 8-yr old grandson in September. This is one of the largest and best preserved old West Forts in the region. Others may be more interesting for their part played i...  more »
  • 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 »