Fort Union National Monument, located in Mora County near Watrous, NM, was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail. These richly evocative ruins of a post-civil war era adobe fort became a National Monument in 1954 under the Eisenhower administration. The fort is close to the high plains and grasslands of eastern New Mexico, Capulin Volcano, the Historic Victorian Town of Las Vegas, and the Santa Fe Trail outpost of Wagon Mound.
The Fort Union National Monument Artist in Residency Program offers $1000 stipend and housing in Park Service housing suitable for solo artists and couples. Comfortably isolated on the high plains of New Mexico, 30-40 minutes from nearby towns, with spotty cell phone service and no or limited wifi available.