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    Fort Union

    National Monument New Mexico

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 - 11, 2014 Junior Ranger Camp -- EXPLORE. LEARN. PROTECT. Become a Junior Ranger!

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?


Fort Union had their own baseball team, and may have been the first baseball team in the West! They competed against teams from other communtites, including Las Vegas, Wagon Mound, Mora, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.