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“This place is stunning”

Fort Union National Monument
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Watrous
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 28, 2013

While the ruins are relatively new, the look like remnants of a distant era and they are. American history is so dynamic…. At some point, more than 4000 soldiers and civilians lived here, and now it is a ghost town. The location is spectacular. The view are astounding. A pleasant walk of 1.6 miles allows to "take the place in" and it is really worth it. $3/person, free to National Park pass holders. So glad to have seen it. A well kept place, and a memorable experience.

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

This is a sleeper site, not well-publicized, but nicely organized and preserved. Standing next to the wagon ruts in the old Santa Fe Trail, looking across the expanse of the parade ground and toward the barracks buildings, with the howling wind in your face, you really begin to understand what military duty on mid-19th-century US frontier was like. Great interpretive materials, nice restorations, and an amazing setting make this an excellent detour off of I-25 between Las Vegas and Wagon Mound.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

When we were at the Pecos National Monument, one of the rangers there suggested we check out Fort Union and I am glad we did. My husband is a history buff, but had never heard of Fort Union. We spent time watching the 20 minute film on the importance of Fort Union as a supply point for other forts in the area, but also as a trade center for those following the Santa Fe trail. The structures that remain reminded me a bit of Stonehenge. The self-guided tour does a nice job of pointing out key points of interest. We spent a little over an hour touring the site and were glad we had made the drive.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

I loved visiting this old military fort. If you haven't read about the US Army and its western Indian actions, this fort was the primary supply point for units in the SW. Many campaigns started from here. Many buildings are still standing. The walking tour is well worth the time, even if you aren't a military history buff.

Plus, the scenery is wonderful with the hills in the background.

1  Thank txbenton4
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Fort Union was a stop along the Santa Fe Trail from which the wagon trails can still be seen. This was a major supply depot for all the forts in New Mexico and Arizona. The remnants of the Fort still stand along with numerous pictures showing what it used to look like. The have a nice gift shop. This Fort is now out in the middle of nowhere so you get great big views across the landscape that let you imagine what it must have been like to make the journey west in a wagon train in the 1860s.

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