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Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 AM
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If You Want To Know A Fort In Indian Territory Here It Is

This isn't like the old John Wayne Westerns with the stockades and soldiers on the walls. This is... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2019
Mike H
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Phoenix, Arizona
Awesome!

This is an easy hike for the whole family. enjoyable and educational for people of all ages. Have... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2019
Ruth H
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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3500 South Apache Pass Road, Willcox, AZ 85605
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This isn't like the old John Wayne Westerns with the stockades and soldiers on the walls. This is in the open and with hills that look down into the main fort area. The road is paved but for maybe the last mile if you come from the north but it isn't bad as dirt roads go. The
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Fort Bowie is 15 miles off of I-10. You can't drive over 45 because of dips in the road and cattle guards. the last mile to the trailhead is gravel and rough. The trail is 1.5 miles which means a 3 mile round trip. You can drive to the visitor's center on a gravel road. We
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We drove and drove and drove some more on a poorly marked dirt road and finally reached the administration building. Although this is the "ADA" designated way to go, there was still a rough trail to walk to get to the tiny visitor center. And once there - nothing to see.
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This is an easy hike for the whole family. enjoyable and educational for people of all ages. Have water and pack a lunch. There are no water fountains or places to eat here. But it's very special and you can find something to eat in Benson afterwards. It's only 3 miles - but
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This is a “Must Visit” place if you are interested in the History of the American West. There are 2 ways to get to Fort Bowie, either by walking a 1.5 Mile trail, or by taking the “Disabled Visitor” vehicle route, which is signposted for “Disabled Visitors Only”. PLEASE NOTE
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