Things To Do
Park Interpretive Programs
During the summer, daily scheduled interpretive talks, daily guided tours, and living history programs are offered. Commercial and school groups numbering ten or more, interested in a formal guided tour, are encouraged to make advanced reservations.
A 1.25 mile, self-guided interpretive trail enables visitors to tour the ruins. Visitors may opt to do a shorter .5 mile self guided tour.
Allow approximately two hours for visit. Please bring sunscreen, water, a hat, and good walking shoes...it's a big fort.
Every Third Thursday of the Month: Glimpses of the Past Series
7:00 PM Glimpses of the Past Series Join Fort Union National Monument/Santa Fé National Historic Trail and the Las Vegas Citizen's Committee for Historic Preservation (CCHP) for these monthly presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. (Located at CCHP 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas NM.) Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list. This program is free and open to the public.
2013 Special Events
March 23-24, 2013: Battle of Glorieta Commemoration
Join Fort Union's Living History unit, Company "A" of the 3rd New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, on this two-day event commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta at Pecos National Historical Park.
May 10-11, 2013: Camp of Instruction
¡Soldados! ¡Adelante, marchen! - Soldiers! Forward, march! March back into history and witness the training of Company "A" of the 3rd New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, one of many Union Hispanic regiments organized at Fort Union, that once defended the New Mexico Territory during the Civil War.
June 1, 2013: Hike the Santa Fe Trail - Fort Union to Watrous 10:00AM - 2:30PM
Meet at the visitor center for a rare opportunity for a guided hike along the Santa Fe Trail in eastern New Mexico. Imagine the sounds of hooves and wagons thundering along the trail while discovering wagon ruts hundreds of years old. Park rangers and archaeologists will lead this two-mile, moderate hike. Bring closed-toe shoes, hat, water, sunscreen and a sack lunch. Call us to reserve a spot on the tour!
June 5-June 7, 2013 Junior Ranger Camp -- EXPLORE. LEARN. PROTECT. Become a Junior Ranger!
June 5 (ages 7-8), June 6 (ages 9-10), June 7 (ages 11-12), 10:00AM- 4:00PM Geared for the youngest of our visitors, the Junior Ranger Camp is an all-day exploration of Fort Union's unique cultural, natural, and military aspects. Each camp is limited to 30- so please call to make a reservation. Enrollment will be taken beginning May 1, 2013.
June 22-23, 2013: Cultural Encounters
Adventure into Fort Union's history in a two-day event filled with guest speakers, living history encampments, cannon and musket firing demonstrations, and guided tours that encompass the diversity of natural, cultural, and military resources of the fort. This event is free to the visiting public. Cultural Encounters Event Schedule pdf
July 13, 2013: First Fort & Arsenal Tours
Enclosed within the parameters of privately owned land, the First Fort Union/Arsenal site is only open to the public twice a year. Journey back into history to the beginnings of Fort Union and Arsenal site on this ranger guided tour. Tours Times: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m - Please meet at the visitor center 15 minutes prior at tour leave promptly at the scheduled times.
Candlelight Tours Step under the stars of a large prairie frontier sky for our Candlelight Tours. The evening will have historical based skits once the sun goes down. Tours are limited to fifteen per tour so please call ahead to reserve your spot. Tour times are 7:15pm, 7:45pm, 8:15pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm, 9:30pm, and 9:450pm. Reservations will be taken beginning July 19, 2013. Times are subject to change *** This event is free to the visiting public. Experience your America.
Enclosed within the parameters of privately owned land, the First Fort Union/Arsenal site is only open to the public twice a year. Journey back into history to the beginnings of Fort Union and Arsenal site on this ranger guided tour. Tour times are 9am, 10:30am, 12:15pm and 2pm.
Did You Know?
Freemasons were among the first to advocate for the preservation of Fort Union, the site where two Masonic lodges had been founded. On January 23, 1929, the members of Chapman Lodge No. 2 at Las Vegas (one of the lodges which had its origins at Fort Union in 1862) selected a committee to "have Fort Union declared a national monument."