Fort Union National Monument, Watrous

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Fort Union National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service of the United States, and is located north of Watrous in Mora County, New Mexico. The national monument was founded on June 28, 1954.

The site preserves the second of three forts constructed on the site beginning in 1851, as well as the ruins of the third. Also visible is a network of ruts from the Mountain and Cimarron Branches of the old Santa Fe Trail.
There is a visitor center with exhibits about the fort and a film about the Santa Fe Trail. The altitude of the Visitor Center is 6760 feet (2060 m). A 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometre) trail winds through the fort's adobe ruins.

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  • This is a short drive from Santa Fe and definitely worth a visit. The video offered gives a nice over view of the fort. We enjoyed this place, learning about its importance and about the Santa Fe...  more »
  • Ft. Union has a great history. It was a central post in the southwest. It was a major headquarters and major supply depot. Much of it is gone, but there are some ruins. A walk around the ruins can...  more »
  • This thrice-built fort played a key role in young America. It is a well-interpreted presentation and very moving to think of the 1000s of migrants who moved through this once bustling locale on the...  more »
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  • This was a wonderful place visit. Was looking for a place to go explore. Glad we came here. I will have photography to post later on my GB and if acts soon.
  • Was a great trail and informative. Very kid friendly. Rangers were super cool and nice.
  • Really hot in the summer, but the museum was cool. Worth checking out if you are really into history.
  • This is a great representation of what the Western Frontier probably looked like before the arrival of settlers. There are beautifully preserved wagon wheel ruts from the Santa Fe Trail, ruins from the fort as well as ancient Native American ruines. Big sky, big country, whipping winds, undulating land. An inspiring place to visit!
  • I've never been interested in military stuff, but learning about the Native Americans was way cool.

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