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. 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.
Hours: 8am - 6pm daily (summer); 8am - 5pm daily (winter)
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