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.
2014 Special Events
March 29-30, 2014: 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 9-10, 2014: 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 21-22, 2014: Fort Union Days
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.
July 9 (ages 7-8), July 10 (ages 9-10), July 11 (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 June 1, 2014.
August 9, 2014: Candlelight Tours
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 TBA.
September 20, 2014: 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. Tour times are 9am, 10:30am, 12:15pm and 2pm.
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.