Fort Union National Monument, Watrous

#26 of 87 in Historic Sites in New Mexico
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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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  • Definitely worth a side trip off I-25 to visit this historic fort. A ranger will greet you at the front of the main building. There's also a gift shop and public restrooms. Plan about an hour to walk....  more »
  • This really is off the beaten path! You drive to the Fort across prairie (we saw lots of pronghorns) and it's located in a wide valley with nothing else around. Uniquely in the time of COVID, the...  more »
  • 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.

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