Fort Union Main Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 25' 8 m
Descent: -24' -7 m
High: 6,792' 2,070 m
Low: 6,766' 2,062 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
“This is an easy trail that takes you around the ruins of a 19th century fort along the Santa Fe Trail.”— Mitch U
Along the trail you'll get to see Santa Fe trail ruts, officers row, mechanics corral, the prison, hospital, and many other ruins from the fort. When you walk along the trail, take time to read the waysides, they have a lot of great information about the history of the fort, the people who lived there, and people who traveled through the fort while it was open. This trail is flat, with little elevation change making it a very easy trail for anyone to enjoy.
If you cannot make the entire loop you can shorten the route by using the Parade Ground Connector. Make sure you stay on the trail for safety and preservation of the fort. It is a great place to stretch your legs if you are traveling on Interstate-25 near Las Vegas, NM and to learn about American history.
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Land Manager: National Park Service-Fort Union