Fort Union National Monument

(505) 425-8025


ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Park Superintendent Lorenzo Vigil shares Fort Union’s rich history and visitor experience. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on SoundCloud or Podbean.

Located near Watrous in Mora County, New Mexico, Fort Union National Monument was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. It also was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail. The richly evocative remnants of a post-civil war era adobe fort became a National Monument on June 28, 1954, under the Eisenhower administration. Following the 1.2-mile walking trail, visitors can view the second of three forts constructed on the site beginning in 1851, as well as the ruins of the third, plus, the network of ruts from the Mountain and Cimarron Branches of the old Santa Fe Trail. There is a visitor center with exhibits and a film about the Santa Fe Trail.

Fort Union National Monument is in the Northeastern portion of the state of New Mexico, 8 miles off of Interstate-25 on State Highway NM 161. Take exit 366 off the interstate. For more information call (505) 425-8025 or visit

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