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Fort Union To Begin Increasing Recreational Access

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Date: May 21, 2020
Contact: Lorenzo Vigil, 505-425-8025

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Fort Union National Monument is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning May 22, 2020, Fort Union National Monument will reopen access to: Park trails. With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time: Park Visitor Center.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Fort Union National Monument, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area and State of New Mexico health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on

For general information, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025, ext. 0, visit, or like us on Facebook at

Last updated: May 21, 2020

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