Weather in western North Dakota can be harsh, with extremes in temperature and sudden, violent storms. Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. Summers are warm with average high temperatures in the 80s-90s May through September. Winters are cold with average lows in the single digits December through February. Wind is considerable year-round. Conditions can change quickly. Travelers should be aware of the potential for violent thunderstorms in the summer and the possibility of blizzards.
Free Entrance to Fort Union Trading Post NHS - $0.00
There is no fee to enter Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site - Enjoy your visit!
Located in the center of the fort's courtyard is the Bourgeois House Visitor Center. The reconstructed building documents Fort Union's life and history through exhibits and close-captioned videos. The exhibits include artifacts recovered during the extensive archaeological excavations. The information gained in these excavations made the fort's reconstruction possible. This fully accessible building includes a ranger-staffed information desk, brochures and Jr. Ranger program.
Located immediately inside the fort's main, or south, gate, this accurately reconstructed Trade house is staffed by a park ranger dressed as a fur traders from the 1850s. The trader presents informative programs on the history of the trading post and the commercial and cultural exchanges that occurred here. The reception room is furnished to look as it did in sketches produced by a post clerk in the early 1850s, while the trade room is stocked with replicas of the actual goods.