Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA Journey Events
Ft Union: From Watrous, it is an eight mile drive to Fort Union National Monument. Plan at least two hours for your Ft. Union visit, more if you are a Santa Fe Trail buff. The area around Fort Union offers pristine, extensive displays of Santa Fe Trail ruts. Operating hours are 8 AM to 6 PM from Memorial Day through Labor Day and 8 AM through 4 PM the rest of the year. Telephone number for information is (505) 425-8025.
La Cueva Raspberry Farm
A few miles east of Mora at La Cueva is the La Cueva Raspberry Farm. The farm had its origins in the early 1800's and by the 1860's, the Romero family had added a grist mill, a mercantile building, and the San Rafael Mission Church. These buildings still stand and are the key elements of the La Cueva National Historic site. During the mid-1800's, as many as 60 horse and ox drawn wagons were stationed at the farm and transported supplies to Fort Union and other outposts in the area.
From La Cueva Raspberry Farm take Route 518 south about three miles to Buena Vista and turn left onto Highway 161. This stretch of road is part of the Santa Fe Trail National Scenic By-way. From mile marker 2 on to about mile marker 17 “dramatic wagon trail swales and ravines” are visible on the north side of the road. Midway between mile marker 14 and 15 an unmarked County road goes a little over a mile to the site of the settlement of Loma Parda. It earned a notorious reputation as the “entertainment center” for Fort Union troops, and admittedly others, but being an easy horseback ride from Fort Union, it owed its then prosperity to the Fort. At mile marker 19 the road passes a few hundred yards southwest of the site of Fort Barclay built where the Mountain Route crossed the Mora River. Route 161 continues through the town of Watrous and leads directly to Ft Union National Monument.