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    Fort Union

    National Monument New Mexico

For Kids


Ranger Greg leads a New Mexico Volunteer demonstration with Las Vegas children during the Catch the Kid event in Las Vegas, NM on July 23, 2011.

New Mexico Department of Tourism

Fort Union is a great family park. The adobe ruins delight kids as well as adults, and the hiking trail provides many opportunities for children to get out of the car and explore the ruins up close. Kids also enjoy the short interpretive talks and walks offered spring through fall. Throughout the year, Fort Union gets involved in an array of local community events with various activities for kids of all ages! Stop by the visitor center or contact the park to find out more information regarding event schedules. We welcome you to come to the Visitor Center and take some time to view the exhibits, and perhaps the park's orientation video before heading out on your own ruin adventure!


Junior Ranger Program

Free Junior Ranger booklets are available at the visitor center. Filled with fun activities, these books reveal the wonders of Fort Union to kids and parents alike. By completing the exercises, participants earn a Junior Ranger badge, sticker, and signed certificate. Activities are designed for ages 6 to 12.


2011 JR. Ranger Camp Ceremony

Fort Union National Monument

Junior Ranger Camps

Fort Union National Monument will host three all-day Junior Ranger Camps beginning Wednesday June 5, thru Friday, June 7, 2012 from 10:00am and ending at 4:00pm. Geared for children ages 7-12, the camps will introduce youngsters to the diverse natural and cultural resources of Fort Union with hands-on games, activities, and ranger-led programs. The June 5th Junior Ranger Camp is geared for children ages 7-8, the June 6th camp for children ages 9-10, and the June 7th camp is geared for children ages 11-12. ALL CAMPS ARE FREE!!!! Enrollment Begins MAY 1st, 2013. There is a maximum of 30 children per camp, so please hurry to register your child. Please call the registration phone number at 505-425-8025 between the hours of 8am to 4pm daily.

These ALL DAY Camps include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

The Story of Fort Union and the Santa Fe Trail - Unravel the story of Fort Union and its integral connection to the Santa Fe Trail in this hands-on picture-story discovery.

Fort Union Depot - Discover the story of how the Depot of Fort Union supplied the US military with much needed goods and supplies while simultaneously changing the economy and culture of the Southwest.

Artillery 101 - Join in the ranks with the members of Fort Union's Civil War living history group, Company "A" 3rd New Mexico Infantry, as they take you step by step in artillery drill.

Talking with the Wind - Try your hand at "talking" with others at far distances through the use of signal flags and learn how the military used the same technique of communication during numerous campaigns in New Mexico.

Wildlife of Fort Union - Learn of the numerous types of wildlife that call Fort Union home and discover the easy ways to identify their presence.

Each Junior Ranger Camp begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. Junior Ranger Campers should wear comfortable clothes, closed-toe shoes, a hat, bring sunscreen, a bag lunch not needing refrigeration, and a water bottle.

Camp participants getting hands-on experience in structure preservation during the 2011 Junior Ranger Camps!
Fort Union National Monument

Did You Know?


The community of Loma Parda, a few miles from Fort Union, was a favorite hangout for soldiers. Julian Baca's dance hall, with its casino and cantina, was the center of social life. Two orchestras played in 12-hour shifts and soldiers danced with local women.