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Full Moon Tour At Fort Union Friday

on September 9, 2019 - 6:47am


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WATROUS – Join park rangers Friday, Sept. 13 for a 1.25-mile tour through the grounds of Fort Union and along the Santa Fe Trail under the serenity of a dark sky.

The tour will bring together the history and culture of the valley with a natural dark sky. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the visitor center and will run to approximately 10  p.m. Friday.

After sunset, the high plains take on a new identity. Beneath the glow of a full moon the remnants of the old fort casts light shadows against the prairie. Fort Union was certified earlier this month as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association.

The park gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for visitors who would like to have a picnic dinner or take sunset photos before the guided tour starts at 8:30 p.m.  The program will take place even under cloudy skies, but it will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Bring water, a light jacket, and comfortable shoes.

To visit the monument take exit 366 of I-25 at Watrous on to State Highway 161, 8 miles west. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 505.425.8025. Visit, or like us on Facebook.

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