Fort Union hosts first site tours of Fort and Arsenal on September 10

Fort Union National Monument will host its annual tours of the site of the first fort and the armory on Saturday, September 10. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

WATROUS – Fort Union National Monument invites the public to join its annual tours of the first fort and armory on Saturday, September 10.

The Premier Fort and Arsenal sites are only open to the public once a year, and only for guided tours.

The first tours of the Fort and Arsenal will depart from the Monument Visitor Center at 9:45am, 11:45am and 1:45pm. No reservations are necessary. Visitors should arrive at the Visitor Center 15 minutes prior to start time for an introduction and safety briefing.

They will set off on a caravan in private vehicles from the Visitor Center to the location of the first fort/army. This program is not suitable for low clearance vehicles. Please bring water, hat, sunscreen, and walking shoes/boots.

This is an opportunity for visitors to discover the origins of Fort Union and the Arsenal which supplied the army in the South West. Fort Union’s armory was a major testing ground for new weaponry technologies of the mid-1800s. Park rangers will also demonstrate a variety of military uniforms and weapons used by troops throughout the fort’s long history.

Fort Union National Monument is west of Watrous.

Take I-25 Exit 366 and follow NM 161 eight miles west to the Monument.

For more information, visit us at on line or contact the park at 505.425.8025, ext. 0.

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