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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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  • 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 »
  • If you have the slightest interest in the history of the old Santa Fe Trail and the Old West, then this little side trip off of I-25 just north of Las Vegas, NM should be in your plans. Fort Union was...  more »
  • This was another interesting place to visit. We learned about the Fort and how it evolved through the years. Our tour of the ruins was cut a bit short by a thunderstorm, but that's just life. The rang...  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.
  • Just did a quick stop while traveling. Plan to go back to walk around the ruins of the old fort.