National Public Lands Day September 29 2012
Contact: Valerie Duran, 505-425-8025 ex. 221
National Public Lands Day FEE FREE DAY
Watrous, NM: Fort Union National Monument announces the 19th annual National Public Lands Day, where all 397 national parks will waive their entrance fees on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Created to encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, "National Public Lands Day reminds all of us of the vast and diverse nature of America's open spaces, from small neighborhood parks to large national parks, and the importance of each one." said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
Superintendent Linda Lutz-Ryan said "Come explore your local national monument and learn what makes this park special." It is recommended that visitors wear sturdy walking shoes, bring a hat, sun block, snacks and water.
The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic Fort Union and ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, NM, onto State Hwy. 161, 8 miles. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, Monday- Sunday.. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
In 1877 there was a smallpox epidemic at Fort Union. The hospital was so full that they had to set up tents outside to accomodate the overflow of patients.