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Address: NM 161, Fort Union, Watrous, NM 87753
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+1 505-425-8025
08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00

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Step back into history - Ft. Union far larger than expected

This is a great place - and doesn't charge a fee when I visited. The fort is ruins, but the size is daunting. The Santa Fe trail partially circles the ruins. This is the third... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place - and doesn't charge a fee when I visited. The fort is ruins, but the size is daunting. The Santa Fe trail partially circles the ruins. This is the third and final fort at this location - the first was located against a ridge, the second was earthworks to deter Confederate incursions into the California... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This was part of a road trip with the 8-yr old grandson in September. This is one of the largest and best preserved old West Forts in the region. Others may be more interesting for their part played in the westward expansion of the U.S. or regional conflicts, but this has so much remaining compared to many others that it... More 

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This place is really cool. They have tried to preserve it the best they can. It's really cool to see almost all three sites of this fort. They have the star shaped earthen fort the one closer to the mountains that you can see but cannot get to I'm almost certain it's on private property and then the ruins you... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We certainly enjoyed visiting here, it’s also a good stop for the family. It’s located about a half hour north of Interstate 25. The ruins of the fort are extensive and you can walk the trails among the old adobe walls. It also has a visitor center with restrooms and a small museum, admission was free. The rangers were very... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I learned a lot of history about how the army was back in the 1800's. There is not much left of the buildings. The film in the visitor center was really good.

Thank ChuckBrooks
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

What a great visit. Admission was free but I would've paid for sure. A lot of history, great staff. They have a section of the trail blocked off were you can get our of your car and look and see the actual wagon wheel ruts on the trail. It gave me gooses bumps. Then you drive a little further to... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We stopped by mainly to get a break during our drive home. Little did we know how interesting this place would be. This old fort, now in ruins, was huge and supplied all of the late 19th century army forts in the southwest. Materials were shipped in via the Santa Fe Trail and distributed to the remote army fort outposts.... More 

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Amarillo, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

I have enjoyed go to old places in New Mexico for years. Love history that involves pretty 1900's. Have always enjoyed Santa Fe trail history since I was a kid.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped here during our trip along the SFT. Unfortunately, it was almost closing time, so our visit was brief. I found the ruins fascinating and rather beautiful; a great opportunity for some good photos. The trail ruts are easily visible and are located outside the gate, so can be viewed after closing.

Thank Andrea D
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Time and man has not treated this old fort kindly. There is rhetoric of maintaining the site but it could be so much interesting to the youth if it were partially restored. Ask the folks at the front desk if you can meet George. He is interesting and full of moves. Try to go during the morning or evening cool... More 

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