Things To Do
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Park Interpretive Programs
Fort Union National Monument is currently is WINTER HOURS OPERATION. During this time, scheduled interpretive talks, guided tours, and periodically scheduled living history programs are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. 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 March - October in Las Vegas, New Mexico: Glimpses of the Past Series
2015 Special Events
May 8 U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Program
Join us as a group of individuals form around the globe will be taking their Oath of Allegiance and becoming U.S. citizens on the grounds of Fort Union National Monument. Program TIme TBA
May 9-10, 2015 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 served throughout New Mexico during the Civil War. More information can be found on
June 20-21, 2015 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 reflect the diversity of natural, cultural, and military resources of the fort and surrounding area. Fort Union Days is free to the visiting public.
July 9 - 10, 2015: Junior Ranger Camp -- EXPLORE. LEARN. PROTECT. Become a Junior Ranger!
July 9 ( ages 7-9), July 10 (ages 10-12), 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Geared towards 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 in limited to 30- please call to make a reservation. Enrollment will begin June 1, 2015.
August 8, 2015: Candlelight Tours
Step out under the stars and witness historically based vignettes which bring to life the stories of Fort Union's past. Tour tours are limited to 20 per tour so please call ahead to reserve your spot. Reservations are being taken NOW! Tour times are 7:30PM, 7:50PM, 8:15PM, 8:40PM, 9:00PM, and 9:20PM.
September 19, 2015: First Fort & Arsenal Tours
Enclosed within the parameters of privately owned land, the First Fort Union/Arsenal site is only open to the public once a year. Journey back into history to the beginnings of Fort Union and Arsenal site on this ranger guided tour. Tour times TBA.