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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  • An amazing place to visit and imagine the real workings of the Fort. I could picture being a lookout and seeing a dust cloud rise far on the horizon, sounding the alert and all the men ready for... 
    An amazing place to visit and imagine the real workings of the Fort. I could picture being a lookout and seeing a dust cloud rise far on the horizon, sounding the alert and all the men ready for...  more »
  • If you are in New Mexico, you must see Fort Union. Set in drop dead gorgeous plains, the ruins are so evocative of a bygone time. Paths and superb signage lead the way. Go!!!! 
    If you are in New Mexico, you must see Fort Union. Set in drop dead gorgeous plains, the ruins are so evocative of a bygone time. Paths and superb signage lead the way. Go!!!!  more »
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  • Arrived just on time for a tour by one of the rangers. It was excellent. We decided to stop on a whim to break up the drive from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs. It was much better than we expected because of the ranger's your. Ranger Matt was terrific. He answered all our questions about the fort and life at the time with good humor and a smile. It was terrific. We really enjoyed the stop.
  • The rangers here are very friendly and helpful. You can get your passport stamps and there’s a nice gift shop. We went today and it was cold and windy so bring jackets, pants and beanies. We spent about an hour walking around and reading the plaques. The trail is pet friendly. The restrooms are clean and modern. I believe they do ranger tours daily at 10am and 1pm but we didn’t stay for it.

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