Guided Tours and Talks


Fort Union National Monument currently offers ranger led guided tours of the monument and specialized talks on Saturday and Sundays.

10:00AM Fort Tour Join a ranger on a 1.25 mile walk through the monument grounds and discover the broad influence Fort Union had on the shaping and development of the Southwest during the 19th century. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

2:00PM Fort Talk These 20 minute talks range in topics from the Santa Fe Trail, fort life, the military campaigns Fort Union was involved in, and the various components and structures of Fort Union.

Topics for the 2:00PM Talks include:

The New Mexico Volunteers: Life and Legacy

Step back in time and discover the story of the New Mexico Volunteers and their service during the Civil War and Indian Wars campaigns of the 1860's.

Men of Color, Men of Valor: African American Soldiers at Fort Union From Civil War soldiers to Buffalo Soldiers, Fort Union served as a home to many African-American troops. Join a park ranger and learn the stories of struggle, sacrifice, and heroism that these men faced while serving their country in the American Southwest.

Sunrise for the Railroad, Sunset for Fort Union Learn how the introduction of the railroad into New Mexico during the 1870's led to the eventual abandonment of Fort Union.

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Discover the crucial role that the thousands of civilian employees played in the construction and operation of the Third Fort Union and how their contributions led to the forts overall success.

Reveille to Taps:A Soldier's Day at Fort Union Life for a solider at Fort Union could be very hard…VERY hard. Come learn what a normal day of activity would be like for those who served at the largest fort and main supply center for the US military in the American Southwest.

Living History Programs

Step back in time and witness the training of Company "A" of the 3rd New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, one of the many Union Hispanic Regiments organized at Fort Union that served throughout New Mexico during the Civil War. Contact Fort Union at 505-425-8025 ext.0 for dates.

Commercial and school groups numbering ten or more, interested in a formal guided tour, are encouraged to make advanced reservations.

2015 Special Events Schedule (pdf 357kb)

2016 Special Events Schedule (pdf 82.3KB)

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