Fort Union National Monument is located 24 miles north-northeast of Las Vegas New Mexico. September and May are the best months to enjoy this activity.
The site preserves the second of three forts constructed on the site beginning in 1851, as well as the ruins of the third. Also visible is a network of ruts from the Mountain and Cimarron Branches of the old Santa Fe Trail.
There is a visitor center with exhibits about the fort and a film about the Santa Fe Trail.
The monument grounds and Visitor Center are open: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Labor Day - Memorial Day 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Memorial Day - Labor Day CLOSED - Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.