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Fort Bowie National Historic Site

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"Start Your Hike Early"

3 mile round trip does take a while.There are two ways to get to the parking lot. One from Wilcox... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2018
Mesa, Arizona
Allow Some Time

I enjoyed my visit to Fort Bowie National Historic Site but it is certainly somewhere you have to... read more

Reviewed May 22, 2018
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Located here are the carefully preserved ruins of Fort Bowie, a focal point of the battle between the U.S. Army and the Apaches.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
3500 South Apache Pass Road, Willcox, AZ 85605
+1 520-847-2500
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

I also did not do my homework ahead of time. After driving down 7 miles on a bumpy dirt road in a rented sedan, we discovered - not a Visitor's Center - but the trailhead. The 1 1/2 mile one way hike to the ruins...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

3 mile round trip does take a while.There are two ways to get to the parking lot. One from Wilcox (much longer dirt road to travel on) and the other from Bowie (only about 3/4 mile of dirt) Both can be done by car...just depends...More

2  Thank Bill85210
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed my visit to Fort Bowie National Historic Site but it is certainly somewhere you have to want to get to as it’s not particularly convenient. I was hoping to make a fairly quick stop after visiting Chiricahua National Monument but I didn’t fully...More

2  Thank GoVols79
Reviewed April 9, 2018

My husband is usually on top of knowing everything about a national park site before we go. Imagine our surprise to find that you actually hike to the Ft, Bowie site and visitor center! The 3 mile hike is not difficult if you are used...More

2  Thank kirbchr
Reviewed March 23, 2018

Took an excellent National Park ranger tour which was possibly the best we've ever taken. It took about two hours, we were spellbound by the story that was woven for us as we walked on the land where fascinating events occurred.

1  Thank hesaocre
Reviewed March 22, 2018

This is the only National Park that you have to hike into. The drive in from Chiricahau National Monument is great...very remote. It feels like you are transported a few hundred years into the past.

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Reviewed March 16, 2018

What a great idea to hike to the Fort. I felt like I was traveling back in time. Reading about the history as you scan the countryside gives you a little inkling of what it might have been like. Amy, the Park Ranger was great...More

Thank kbdw_12
Reviewed February 28, 2018

If you don't already know, you have to hike 1-1/2 miles to the actual Ft. Bowie site and the visitor center. We didn't plan on enough time, so didn't get to do the hike. The road from the west side of Apache Pass can get...More

Thank Dustyboots
Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

In the area this is a must see. The combination of scenery and history combines to bring one back in time. The cruelty on both sides accented by the harshness of the land gives an insight to what life was like in the mid 1800’s.

Thank robertj627
Reviewed February 11, 2018

Wonderful 3 mile round trip through a mix of open country. and some shade. interesting interp sins all along the way. Someone has done terrific historical research along the trail, at the cemetery, and at small visitor cabin above the fort. friendly docents & fresh...More

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March 7, 2017|
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Response from 234Glenys | Reviewed this property |
call the headquarters and they can make accommodations for you to drive to ruin area.
January 12, 2017|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
There would be snakes. They are 4 times more active in the monsoon season July-August. The trail iswell maintained and you will be able to see them.
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Response from sabimax | Reviewed this property |
The road is not paved but in good condition. We traveled the road with our Toyota Camry and did not have any problems. It is a beautiful drive.