A Fort For a Young America

Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest.

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Welcome to Fort Union

Directions, Brochures, Hours of Operation, and Program Information. Everything you need to know to help you plan your trip to Fort Union

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Tours, Events, and Special Programs

Come learn about the exciting and fun events we offer during the summer months here at Fort Union!

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A Deep and Diverse History

Explore the rich and diverse history of Fort Union and discover how the fort forever changed the cultural landscape of the Southwest.

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Glimpses of the Past

Come join us and the Friends of Fort Union for monthly presentations in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

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Kids & Youth

Fort Union is a great place to explore the history of the Southwest while earning a Junior Ranger badge. Find our how here!

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Photographs and Multimedia

Check out the latest videos and pictures that capture the cultural importance and scenic beauty that's found at Fort Union National Monument

Last updated: March 7, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 127
Watrous, NM 87753


505 425-8025

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