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Fort Bowie National Historic Site

3500 South Apache Pass Road, Willcox, AZ 85605
+1 662-213-1513
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This was one of the best adventures and surprised me. You drive on a dirt road to the trail head... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Megan F
A must-see for military history buffs!

3-mile round-trip hike to ruins along an easy, well-interpreted trail. Water fountains, restrooms... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Seattle, WA
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
3500 South Apache Pass Road, Willcox, AZ 85605
+1 662-213-1513
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the best adventures and surprised me. You drive on a dirt road to the trail head. It is 1.5 mile hike to the visotr center and the ruins of the ft. bowie . The hike is mostly sun exposed, very informative...More

Thank Megan F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3-mile round-trip hike to ruins along an easy, well-interpreted trail. Water fountains, restrooms, museum, & bookstore at the ruins' ranger station at the trail's mid-point. HIGHLY recommended.

Thank sailnmuffin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not a drive by or an easy do. It is a ways out there from anywhere you might stay. The drive includes some dirt road. You have to hike a mile and a half to get to the Visitor Center which sits slightly above...More

Thank gblack7205
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Drove the road to Fort Bowie & saw the signs saying I was entering it ... but didn't see too much. No visitor center or any major signage or obvious buildings or anything like that. Did see a place or two with cars parked but...More

Thank On_Da_Road1
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Visited May 2017. The road to the trail head is a gravel road in good shape but about 12 miles long from Hwy 186. A regular sedan can drive on this road ok. You must hike a moderate to difficult 1 and 1/2 mile dirt...More

Thank Poudre1
Reviewed 7 May 2017

There is a 1 1/2 mile hike to see the ruins. Along the way there are interpretive signs explaining about the history of the area. Makes you think about the pioneers and Native Americans and the trials and tribulations that they all went through to...More

Thank KPD7
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Our Tucson hiking club hiked from the trailhead to Apache Sprgs and Ft. Bowie. A volunteer at Ft. Bowie gave us a one hour walk around tour. Very interesting... lots of old partial structures and a great visitor center (which can also be reached by...More

Thank B2367AIcharlesf
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Fort Bowie lies down a long dirt road (although I heard it can be accessed via a shorter dirt road). As others have stated, you have to hike 1.5 miles to access the fort. The hike was moderate, not that fun on a hot day....More

Thank Philip B
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The road leading to Ft. Bowie involves several miles of improved gravel road and your vehicle will need a thorough wash job when you're finished. I would not recommend it during bad weather, rain or snow, but it is easily negotiated by any vehicle in...More

Thank John J
Reviewed 30 April 2017

The visitor center for this Historic Site in on the grounds of the Fort Bowie ruins. To reach the visitor center park at the Fort Bowie town site trail head (not exact name) and take an easy 1.5 mile walk to the ruins. Be sure...More

Thank Kate V
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My wife doesn't walk well. How close can we get with Tahoe 4 wheel drive? Thanks
8 March 2017|
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Response from ArizonaMouse | Reviewed this property |
I think it's the same. The alt route closer involves a locked gate. I'd call ahead. Otherwise it's 1-1.5 miles.
Are there rattle snakes in the area and when do they come out of hibernation in the spring? Would we be better off to come sometime in February, not only because of the snakes, but also cooler weather? Thank you.
12 January 2017|
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Response from Dorothy L | Reviewed this property |
February is starting to warm from the 40's to 50's and 60's. There is ALWAYS a good chance to see a rattle snake. Stay on the trail, and always be alert. True it is less likely in colder temps, but snake sitings were on... More
I am planning a visit to both Chiricahua National Monument and Fort Bowie, I was wondering the condition of the Apache Pass Road to Fort Bowie coming in from the south, from Hwy 186 (as opposed to coming to Ft Bowie from the I-10). It appears to be unpaved, but is it driveable in a compact 2wd car? No high clearance, no 4wd here.
21 August 2016|
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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.