Fort Union National Monument is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ocate, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Fort Union walking tour takes your through the remnants of an adobe fort with numerous informational markers. Fort Union was established to protect commercial and military enterprises along the Santa Fe Trail. The fort was strategically positioned near the junction of the Mountain and Cimarron Branches of the trail to better serve their purpose. Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest.
The history is interesting here. Nice walk around the fort and the views of the old ruts of the Santa Fe Trail were one of a kind.
Fort union is more of a walking tour than a trail, but is a fascinating look at our past. Recommended to take the tour.