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“Historic Stopping Point on the Santa Fe Trail”

Fort Union National Monument
Reviewed April 4, 2018

This site is a few miles off of the Interstate but is well worth the drive. The remains of the adobe building are impressive and the interpretive centre provided valuable information on this very historic fort. The site is large and easy to walk among the ruins.

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Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

What a great surprise!!! You can actually see the wagon rut impressions from years ago along the Santa Fe Trail. As you see this site, you can picture what a central hub it was to the early settlers. The old hospital ruins were unique upon entry to the park. The visitors center offered an incredible film on the history of the importance of Ft. Union to the history of US and Southwest Settlement. The rangers were so friendly and helpful with our questions. Great photo opportunity sites on the property.

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Reviewed October 15, 2017

Decided to visit on my way home from exploring the Northeast corner of NM during the holiday weekend. So glad I did! Spent about 2.5 hours here.

The National Monument is about 8 miles off I-25. Along the way, there are pullouts to see Santa Fe Trail wagon ruts and an overlook of Fort Union. Fort Union is free.

Started off by viewing the video at the visitor center (15 min). Then started the self-guided tour. There was a ranger tour that started at 10am but I had arrived at 10:20. You can only tour the 3rd Fort. The 1st can be seen from the trail and there's a side trail that takes you to the remnants of the 2nd Fort. For not knowing much (ok nothing) about Fort Union beforehand, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. There is so much history here. While walking through the site, I could imagine all the happenings and goings on that occurred at Fort Union. Along the trail, plaques state what remnants you're looking at and typical days for various people at Fort Union. More wagon ruts can be seen by taking a trail that seems like it goes to the middle of nowhere.

Bring layers as there is a constant wind (will feel about 10 degrees cooler).

Will recommend to anyone but especially those who are history buffs. Sometimes you get more out of the free attractions than ones you have to pay for.

1  Thank LAB20
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Reviewed October 3, 2017

Sam (13) and Dad visited here during our latest Father, Son trip. We picked lesser visited National Parks and Monuments, and found many are just off major Interstates especially in New Mexico. This is a great example.

The Monument was the supply post for most of the Santa Fe Trail Forts, and is huge. It is in a preserved as found state. We recommend seeing if one of the Rangers will be going on their rounds of the site. You can accompany them and they have lots of information they can and will share. Visitor center is great, and history of the fort well presented.

Just to walk where so many traveled before you is inspiring. Use a bit of imagination and be transported to the past. The quiet allows for contemplation.

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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Ft. Union is about 8 miles off I-25 and is worth the trip - very desolate with clear views almost to the horizon - hard to sneak up on a fort with that kind of long view over great grasslands and minimal trees. Many of the locally quarried foundations are standing but the upper stories, mostly adobe, have gone back to earth. A nice tour by one of the interpretive NPS Rangers

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