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Fort Bowie National Historic Site

3500 South Apache Pass Road, Willcox, AZ 85605
+1 520-847-2500
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Fort Bowie – Hike, History and the Great Outdoors!

Fort Bowie is a historic military outpost first established in 1862 and abandoned 32 years later in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oro Valley, Arizona
The visitor center is not near the parking lot

We were very surprised to find that once you got to the parking lot for this site you need to park... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lemont, Illinois
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“ranger station” (15 reviews)
“mile hike” (22 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

Fort Bowie is a historic military outpost first established in 1862 and abandoned 32 years later in 1894. The fort was established to protect an important water source in the desert, Apache Spring, after a California Union military regiment was ambushed by a band of...More

Thank Swabado
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very surprised to find that once you got to the parking lot for this site you need to park and hike 1.5 miles to get to the Visitor Center. The information in the parking lot said that the hike was not difficult, but...More

Thank pk1363
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a total of 4 hours here from the time we parked the car till the time we got back to the car. Be prepared to walk a mile and a half from the parking lot to the actual site. There are bathrooms in...More

Thank Heidi H
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

This hike takes you 1.5 miles in through dry creek bed, gradual hills, rock steps with intermittent shading and rest benches about every 1/4 mile. Hike back to parking lot on same 1.5 clearly marked trail for total of 3 miles. Give yourself 2.5 hours...More

Thank bcarle06
Reviewed 10 October 2017

1.5 mile hike to fort. Self guided tour with great plaques that tell a variety of stories. Lovely ruins and location. On the way back try the more vertical trail over the hill that overlooks the fort. Truly beautiful trail and views, Round trip 3...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The hike in is very nice. It's up and down and has steps. A hiking pole might be a good idea. There are many explanatory signs. I'd suggest driving in from Bowie, not Willcox. It's paved road (except a mile or two) from Bowie but...More

Thank Leila E
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The drive out to Fort Bowie was great because most of it is on a dirt road off the main Highway. The 3 mile hike was easy as you past the old cemetery and the forts ruins. There wasn't anyone else there the day i...More

Thank Fred B
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We hiked in to see the ruins and enjoyed stopping at the graveyard and Apache Spring where we splashed some cool water on our faces. The ruins were interesting and I enjoyed reading the placards along the way telling us about the history. The loop...More

Thank PDXDevin
Reviewed 9 June 2017

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 T
Reviewed 3 June 2017

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
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8 March 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.
12 January 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.
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.