My husband and I recently toured southern Arizona and took in all the sites, including the hike into Fort Bowie. The 1 and 1/2 mile hike into the fort is not to be missed, if you are at all able. My husband is 69 and I am 55 and we did not find the hike strenuous although our feet were tired by the end of the day. We started the day with a good breakfast in Willcox, then we took apples, protein bars and water with us and that worked out well.
As you approach the fort ruins and visitors' center the hike is uphill, but it isn't for a very long distance. Most parts of the trail are fairly level, with a very brief incline at Apache Spring. There are markers along the trail which describe the significant events that happened at each location. We had both read several historical books about Ft. Bowie and the surrounding area, which greatly enhanced our experience. Seeing the site of the old Butterfield Stage station, the site of the "Bascom Affair" and the old cemetary where Little Robe (Geronimo's son) and many others are buried was sobering, fascinating and educational. One definitely gets a feeling of history here, as if the old souls are still hanging around. The hike in takes much longer than the hike out and the whole visit took us about 4 and 1/2 hours. We spent a long time in the cemetary and at the visitors' center, where we rested, had a snack and then walked around what remains of the old fort (just foundations really). While doing this once is probably enough, I am so glad to have been there!
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