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Trip Planner: USA / New Mexico / Watrous / Fort Union National Monument
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.PutFort Union National Monument into our Watrous tour builder site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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.
Fort Union National Monument reviews
10 minute detour if you're on I-25 and totally worth the stop. The rangers are great and this a beautiful piece of history.
10 minute detour if you're on I-25 and totally worth the stop. The rangers are great and this a beautiful piece of history. more »
10 minutes off I25, so no excuse to not stop here. The VC is nice, staffed by helpful and engaged rangers and has a very good 20 minute movie. The fort grounds are in good shape and in a sort of...
10 minutes off I25, so no excuse to not stop here. The VC is nice, staffed by helpful and engaged rangers and has a very good 20 minute movie. The fort grounds are in good shape and in a sort of... more »
So interesting! The museum and ruins are fascinating. Plus the 1800s weapons demo was really interesting, thanks to Trinidad, Michael, and Mike. Such a wonderful stop. Highly recommend.
Another awesome Park to visit. I won't go into the history, but a nice 1 hour walk through the grounds will describe the unique history of this place in relation to the Santa Fe Trail...
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