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Presenters alongside wagon during 2014 Candlelight Tours
Presenters alongside wagon during 2014 Candlelight Tours

Photographer: VIP Richard Gonzales

Park Interpretive Programs

Fort Union National Monument is currently in WINTER HOURS OPERATION. During this time, scheduled interpretive talks, guided tours, are periodocially scheduled, check with the ranger at the Front Dest at the Visitor Center for the programs being offered on the day of your visit. 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's a big fort.

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2018 Event Schedule

U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony: May 11
Join park staff and volunteers in welcoming individuals from around the globe as they take the final step to become Citizens of the United States by taking their Oath of Allegiance on the grounds of Fort Union National Monument.

Junior Ranger Camp: June 7 (ages 7-9), June 8 (ages 9-12) 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 20 - so please call to make a reservation. Enrollment will be taken beginning May 1, 2018.

Fort Union Days : June 16-17
The annual Fort Union Days two-day special event will take place on the Fort Union National Monument park grounds, Saturday and Sunday June 16-17, 2018. This year’s event will highlight the contributions and heritage of the Buffalo Soldier.

64th Anniversary of Fort Union National Monument: June 28
Come celebrate the birthday of Fort Union as a unit of the National Park Service. Join us for a special 10:00 am tour and 2:00 pm Ranger Program about the history of the National Park Service.

Night Sky Star Party: July 14
Come learn about the night skies over Fort Union and what makes them so special at the special night sky party. There will be a short presentation about astronomy and telescopes to look through. The presentation will start at 7:30 p.m.

167th Anniversary of Fort Union’s Establishment: July 27
Join staff, volunteers, and friends of Fort Union National Monument for a special program and tour in commemoration the 167th Anniversary of the establishment of the first Fort Union.

Candlelight Tours: August 11
Walk under the stars and back into history, to witness historical based skits which bring to life the stories of Fort Union’s past. Each tour is limited to 20 – please call to make a reservation beginning on July 15, 2018. Tour times TBA

First Fort & Arsenal Tours: September 8
Only open to the public once a year, the First Fort and Arsenal site offers the unique opportunity to walk the grounds where Fort Union’s legacy began in 1851. Also step back into history and witness the training of the Army soldier. Enjoy the living history programs along the your visit to the 1st Fort and Arsenal. Visitors will be led by car caravan from the visitors to the First Fort and Arsenal site. 1st Tour 9:00 AM, 2nd Tour 10:30 AM, 3rd Tour 12:15 PM, Final Tour 2:00 PM

2018 Events Schedule

Last updated: October 2, 2017

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