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Address: NM 161, Fort Union, Watrous, NM 87753
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+1 505-425-8025
08:00 - 16:00
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Such an inspiring place...

This historical site is by far my favorite place in New Mexico. It's massive, old, and interesting. The adobe buildings mixed with informational plaques makes the experience... read more

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Prineville, Oregon
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36 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This historical site is by far my favorite place in New Mexico. It's massive, old, and interesting. The adobe buildings mixed with informational plaques makes the experience educational and fun. Plus, I loved seeing the wildlife in the area too.

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Copper Mountain, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

At one time, Fort Union was the largest military base in the Southwest, and had by far the largest hospital between Kansas City and the West Coast. It functioned as a supply depot for the entire area south, west to California, and even into southern Colorado. Though the ruins are fairly broken down, there is enough left to be able... More 

Thank JR M
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This fort is a great look into old west, the fort was designed to protect the Santa Fe Trail great views of the plains and the Sangre de Cristo mountains also a nice Break from I 25

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Denver, Colorado
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157 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This is a great place - and doesn't charge a fee when I visited. The fort is ruins, but the size is daunting. The Santa Fe trail partially circles the ruins. This is the third and final fort at this location - the first was located against a ridge, the second was earthworks to deter Confederate incursions into the California... More 

Thank randisbrown
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

This was part of a road trip with the 8-yr old grandson in September. This is one of the largest and best preserved old West Forts in the region. Others may be more interesting for their part played in the westward expansion of the U.S. or regional conflicts, but this has so much remaining compared to many others that it... More 

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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251 reviews
187 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This place is really cool. They have tried to preserve it the best they can. It's really cool to see almost all three sites of this fort. They have the star shaped earthen fort the one closer to the mountains that you can see but cannot get to I'm almost certain it's on private property and then the ruins you... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We certainly enjoyed visiting here, it’s also a good stop for the family. It’s located about a half hour north of Interstate 25. The ruins of the fort are extensive and you can walk the trails among the old adobe walls. It also has a visitor center with restrooms and a small museum, admission was free. The rangers were very... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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426 reviews
222 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

I learned a lot of history about how the army was back in the 1800's. There is not much left of the buildings. The film in the visitor center was really good.

Thank ChuckBrooks
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 September 2016

What a great visit. Admission was free but I would've paid for sure. A lot of history, great staff. They have a section of the trail blocked off were you can get our of your car and look and see the actual wagon wheel ruts on the trail. It gave me gooses bumps. Then you drive a little further to... More 

Thank Tammy W
Tucson, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

We stopped by mainly to get a break during our drive home. Little did we know how interesting this place would be. This old fort, now in ruins, was huge and supplied all of the late 19th century army forts in the southwest. Materials were shipped in via the Santa Fe Trail and distributed to the remote army fort outposts.... More 

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