Things To Do
Photographer: VIP Richard Gonzales
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.
Remaining 2014 Special Events
September 20, 2014: 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 are 9am, 10:30am, 12:15pm and 2pm.
2015 Special Events
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.
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 diversitry of natural, cultural, and military resources of the fort and surrounding area. This event 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 hyoungest 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. Reservation s will be taken beginning July 1, 2015. Tour times TBA.
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.
Did You Know?
Fort Union had the premier hospital in the region with six wards and thirty-six beds. Treatment and care was available for fifty cents per day.