Sesquicentennial of Fort Bowie

Fort Bowie commemorates the bitter conflict between Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. military - a lasting monument to the bravery and endurance of U.S. soldiers in paving the way for settlement and the taming of the western frontier. It provides insight into a "clash of cultures," a young nation in pursuit of "manifest destiny," and the hunter/gatherer society fighting to preserve its existence.


I Hike for Health logo for Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Hike Through History

Hike for your health! Hike a combined 3 mi/5 km in the park and earn a special pin from a park ranger.

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Fort Bowie ruins

Visitor Center Winter/Spring Hours

The visitor center is open daily, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm MST. The park is open each day from sunrise until sunset.

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NPS Photo- K. Gonzales

Fort Bowie Cemetery

The Fort Bowie Cemetery was established before the fort and remained active after the fort was abandoned in October 1894.

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Rufous hummingbird feeding on agave bloom

Nature and Science

The dominant habitat type at the fort is Chihuahuan desert grassland, offering habitat to birds that aren’t usually found in the mountains.

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