WATROUS ― The solitude, remoteness and arid landscape of Fort Union National Monument make it an ideal place for observing a natural dark sky.
After sunset, the sky over the high prairie gives way to the glow of celestial bodies unaffected by the artificial light of distant communities. Immerse yourself in the culture and science of a natural night sky as rangers guide you through the remains of the old fort, and help you to identify distant stars and galaxies with the naked eye and telescope.
The program, weather permitting, is 8:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25 near the visitor cente. Bring water, a light jacket and comfortable shoes.
To visit the monument take exit 366 of I-25 at Watrous on to N.M. Highway 161, 8 miles west. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 505.425.8025. Find a free APP in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Search for Fort Union National Monument. Visit www.nps.gov/foun.