Ft. Union National Monument
Mora County New Mexico
Remains of a star-shaped fort (1861-62) and adobe third fort (1863-91) form the bulk of the national monument. Ruins of the first fort (1851-63) are open once a year. Call for information. Open all year. Summer: 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Winter: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. Self-guided (individual) or ranger-guided (group) tours. Museum with quality exhibits and bookstore in visitor center.
Certified Site of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Important commercial center as well as strategic military post (1851-91). Principal supply post in the SW. Provided escort and protection for travelers at west end of Santa Fe Trail. Military supplies arriving at the Quartermaster Depot were stored and then transported to outer SW posts by local contractors and military teamsters.