Fort Union

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Picture of Wagon at Fort Union
Photo from NPS

Fort Union was an 1800s fort guarding the Santa Fe Trail. A military museum on the grounds features exhibits/artifacts. In the summer the Living History Portrayal of Frontier Garrison Life features lectures and demonstrations about muskets, women on the frontier, the infantry, the cavalry, Fort Union and the Civil War, and the Santa Fe Trail.

Picture of Ty Dodge at Fort Union
Photo courtesy of Ty Dodge
This is a picture of his great-grandfather, Second Lieutenant Lea Febiger, relaxing in the bachelor's quarters at Fort Union, Indian Territory in the 1880s.

The two main branches of the Santa Fe Trail, the Cimarron Cutoff and the Mountain Branch, joined at Watrous, the site of Fort Union. A significant collection related to Fort Union National Monument is stored at the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center in Tucson; contact Stephanie Rodeffer, 520-670-6501, ext. 252.

Picture of Wagon in Mechanic's Corral at Fort Union
Wagon in Mechanic's Corral
Photo by Harry Frank, Red River, NM

Hours: 8am - 6pm daily (summer); 8am - 5pm daily (winter)
Admission: $2
Location: NM 161 (8 miles north of Las Vegas on I-25)
Fort Union, NM 87753
Phone: 505-425-8025
Fax: 505-454-1155
Address: P. O. Box 127
Fort Union, NM 87753

Picture of Post Hospital at Fort Union
Post Hospital
Photo by Harry Frank, Red River, NM

Special Programs: Living History Portrayal of Frontier Garrison Life (summers), self-guided trail with audio stations, outdoor interpretive programs (summers), guided tours (pre-arranged)

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Picture of Fort Union

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