Fort Union National Historical Monument

Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico is truly a great place for history hunters and American park seekers. You will find the historical National Park in Northeast New Mexico. Just off interstate 25. Come along as we take you on a tour through the historical adobe structures that once serviced the area and the historic Santa Fe Trail.

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You can walk for hours going to each adobe ruin. All that remains of most buildings are the fireplaces, the window sills, and/or the foundations.

You can walk for a long time, passing one adobe skeleton after another. The paths are flat and topped with gravel. You can push a wheel chair on the paths with ease.

Make sure to talk lots of water out with you. Sunscreen and an hat are highly recommended.

Near by must sees:

►Click Here: Our video on Glorieta Pass New Mexico

► Click Here: Our video on Pecos Historical National Park [Day Trip From Santa Fe New Mexico]

adobe fireplace ruins of what was once solider quarters.
The fireplaces are all that remain of many of the buildings.

Pigeon’s Ranch Saw The Most Fighting

Pigeon’s Ranch was a stop along Route 66. But during the Civil War it was a stage stop and waystation along the Santa Fe Trail.

All that still exists is a hand dug water well. And a well preserved adobe structure. Both were witness to the Battle of Glorieta.

Up on the ridge above the adobe structure is Sharpshooter Ridge. It is on this ridge that the Union soldiers held their ground.

You can visit the building and well and take pictures and reflect. But walking up to the building and ridge is a closed area at this time. There is a turn off across the street on Highway 50 (old Route 66) where you can park and take pictures.

Don’t miss our video: “Little Known Civil War Battlefield [Historical Glorieta Pass New Mexico]

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Covered wagon with U.S. on the sides at Fort Union Historical Park. Wagon is blue with red wheels.
Covered wagon at the Fort Union National Park

Perfect Day Trip in New Mexico

This is a perfect stop as you are on a road trip to or from Colorado or Texas. Or maybe you are staying in Santa Fe, Albuquerque or Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The Fort Union National Park is open year-round. If you love history, photography, or looking for an easy day hike, then this is the place for you. Most of the ruin area is accessible to wheelchairs. And dogs are allows on a leash.

Make sure while you are visiting, that you carve enough time to visit Pecos National Historical Park and Glorieta Pass Battlefield. The Glorieta Pass was involved in an American Civil War battle referred to as the Gettysburg of the West.


We stayed at the Santa Fe KOA Journey campground. We had a wonderful one-room cabin. The campground was well shaded and quite. It sits off of interstate Highway 25. And is only miles from Pecos National Historical Park and Glorieta Pass Civil War battlefield. Santa Fe and the Santa Fe National Cemetery is just up the road.

The Santa Fe KOA has a great common patio area where you can grill a steak, have a glass of wine, or just read a book. While relaxing on the well shaded patio. I was delighted by the hummingbirds whizzing by while reading my Roadside History of New Mexico book.

We use the campground as our home base. From there we were able to visit the Santa Fe Plaza, San Miguel Mission, Palace of the Governors and Loretto Chapel and of course the Pecos National Historical Park.

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