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Fort Union National Monument

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Another interesting piece of our history

There is no entry fee to enter the monument. The visitor center has a good video about the fort and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ron T
The Villages, Florida
Great Historic rest stop between Raton & Albuquerque

Viewed the film and walked the property! Such an interesting history of the fort, and the role it... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2018
Timothy H
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is no entry fee to enter the monument. The visitor center has a good video about the fort and area as well as numerous artifacts on display. We did a self-guided walking tour around the fort grounds and there are numerous adobe walls and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

Viewed the film and walked the property! Such an interesting history of the fort, and the role it played. You can actually walk in the same trail ruts the pioneers took along the Santa Fe Trail. The rangers are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Timothy H
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

Too bad a lot of it has been torn down. We enjoyed the movie. Enjoyed the walk about. It is definitely a must see. Took lots of pictures. Nice gift shop. Friendly helpful staff.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank DianneM996
Reviewed October 30, 2018

I’ve awarded 5 stars for the preservation efforts and historical significance which is well worth the short detour (about 15 minutes off I-25). Fort Union has gone through three iterations. The last was the largest and most impressive. The National Park Service is going an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Cynthia P
Reviewed September 9, 2018

So glad we went. Incredible story in history. Loved walking the ruins and seeing life from that long ago. Film was good. We got lucky and it was the one day a year they we able to go to the armament. Nice gift shop. Gravel...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 16, 2018

Fascinating ruins of old Fort Union, an army fort guarding the old Santa Fe Trail and active both in the Civil War and during the Indian Wars. It is about 8 miles off I.25 and about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, NM. There are...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

This site is well worth a visit, learned about the interesting history and enjoyed the sights of the ruins in their natural state. There was a Living History event in June called Fort Union Days, it was not crowded at all, but there was a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank skeedo
Reviewed June 19, 2018

This monument has many ruins and a great deal of history. They have a good video on the history of the fort. The Santa Fe Trail goes around and through the site. Also Route 66 is near this area. Nice site to visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Barbara S
Reviewed June 13, 2018

Fort Union Nat Mon. is our second stop today, so it is early afternoon. The visitor center has a movie we watch. There is also a selection of artifacts to see. Out back are the remnants of the few Fort Unions. We try to go...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

We were the only people there when we arrived at 9 a.m. After completing the tour and museum it boggles me why more people weren’t there! This is a MUST see! There are even actual wagon ruts on the Santa Fe wagon trail there (which...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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