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“Very Nice and Educational”

Fort Union National Monument
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Watrous
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Visitor Center very nice and clean. Ranger friendly. Watch the film before you venture out to the self guided tour. Wish there was more but it showed you how they lived and what they endured. Worth the drive. Walking tour around the site where the fort was.

Thank Momma1202
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Wish it was more than ruins - what a life line to the west this supply fort must have been - supplying men, equipment and provisions for New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and the Santa Fe Trail Stop. Well done, and worth the stop.

1  Thank Patricia A. P
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

my family has always enjoyed this special place. it is so quiet. you can imagine the wagons from the santa fe trail coming into view over the horizon. the parade grounds are well worn where many a march was held. when we were there, the sound system provided sounds of being there, complete with the soldiers laughing. when you drive up to the fort, you can see ruts from the wagon train and buffalo wallows. it's easy to imagine the isolation the women felt while there with their husbands or is some cases fathers.

1  Thank n8eve
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

The visitor center has a 15 minute film with a brief history of Fort Union narrated in an engaging manner. By all means watch this film first! Self-guided walking tour with a long and short version. Some of the best photo ops are in the Mechanics Corral (toward the rear of the complex) old wagons and wagon wheels stand inside the corral. The is a $3 per person entrance fee unless you have a National Parks pass. When driving north on I-25 you are on top of the Fort Union exit before you know it. (yes. . . we missed the exit, had to use the "official use only" cut-thru to turn around) After exiting, it is 8 miles to the Fort.

Thank B H
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The drive in to Fort Union from I-25 is beautiful and very interesting--wildlife and wagon wheel ruts along the Santa Fe Trail. This attraction does not appear very well known and that's a pity. It is well worth a side trip. The fort, of which there were three iterations, is in ruins, but the film is excellent and the Visitor's Center has several fine interpretive exhibits. You can follow a trail for a bit more than a mile to see the remains for several buildings of the third fort and the footprint of the Civil War defensive fort. The rangers are very knowledgeable, and there are many excellent books on New Mexico history and tourism for sale.

1  Thank Jfjesquire
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