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Fort Union Trading Post

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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We go every year

As a family we love this site...it changes from time to time. During the summer there are guides... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2016
Culbertson, Montana
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Interesting History

When I visited here there were no tours that I am aware of, so you get out of this as much as you... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2016
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“fur trade”(16 reviews)
“trading post”(36 reviews)
“missouri river”(20 reviews)
The Grandest Fort on the Upper Missouri River Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here, the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and smaller...more
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15550 Highway 1804, Williston, ND 58801-8680
+1 701-572-9083
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Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

As a family we love this site...it changes from time to time. During the summer there are guides who impersonate people from the time period. There are special events during the summer...and don't miss Fort Burford to the east!

1  Thank 2chipper
Reviewed October 14, 2016

When I visited here there were no tours that I am aware of, so you get out of this as much as you want to put into it. You just wander the grounds and see some to the different bulidings, but most are off limits...More

1  Thank Gene S
Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed stopping here for a visit. We were the only visitors at the time we were here. The Ranger was very informative and interesting as he told us about the history of the trading post and how things were. We enjoyed the little museum...More

1  Thank Cherie P
Reviewed October 6, 2016

Very interesting from a historical prospective with good signage and a well laid walking path. The exhibits are interesting and give a nice review of the area from the days of Lewis and Clark until now. There appeared to be few visitors but everything was...More

1  Thank James S
Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

The fort is a distance from Williston and has an interesting history. A few of the buildings are in tact and their Web site suggests that all sites are open to the public but there are apparently exceptions as they refused to let our guys...More

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed September 16, 2016

This fort is very well maintained and very nice. Lots of rangers around. Junior Ranger program was very nice, lots of interactive things to do. Go into the Bourgoise House first for information then tour the rest of the fort. Some reinactors were there even...More

1  Thank janelle h
Reviewed September 14, 2016

We arrived early and another NPS gem. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff who, on a quiet morning, shared their extensive knowledge of the site - and its wider context - and were able to bring in references to the quality of Sheffield steel for their...More

1  Thank headingtonroadrunner
Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

On the banks of the Missouri River and a six minute drive from Fort Buford and the Confluence (where the Missouri River connects to the Yellowstone River), Fort Union is America's 19th Century trade center. The trading post is truly loved by volunteers, most fully...More

3  Thank Raymond N
Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Costumed interpreters provide a great introduction to the ins and outs of how trading with the Indians worked on the frontier. And the reconstructed fort brings it all to life. Kids have a great time learning how to be junior traders, while adults learn about...More

2  Thank Wanderlust777
Reviewed August 26, 2016

very interesting for all ages. the gift shop was nice and a lot of things to look at and purchase.alot of things to see and listen too

1  Thank Dawn C
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Megan C
August 15, 2018|
Response from Darin J | Reviewed this property |
I would give it at least a couple of hours. I thinks you could give a day to everything in the area.
Lindsay J
March 30, 2018|
Response from Beautiful_Badlands | Reviewed this property |
If you can, plan your trip through Fort Union during a weekend rendezvous when "traders, trappers and explorers" congregate to "do business." That's June 14-17. It's the best time to make a deal with the "traders" on... More