Fort Union National Monument, Watrous

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 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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