Fire Restrictions in effect for Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Due to increased fire danger in southern Arizona, Fort Bowie National Historic Site will implement fire restrictions beginning Wednesday, May 22, 2013. More »
Visitor Center Hours Change on June 1, 2013
The visitor center will change to summer operation hours Saturday, June 1, and will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily through August 31. The hiking trails, ruins areas, and other areas of the fort remain open to the public during daylight hours.
In December 1960, Fort Bowie received National Historic Landmark status. The statement of significance for the supporting documentation states, "Commanding the eastern entrance of Apache Pass, Fort Bowie (1862) was a focal point in Army operations against the Chiricahua Apache [from 1862 to 1886]. A much-traveled mountain crossing of strategic value due to the presence of spring water, the pass served Apache peoples, as well as Spanish, Mexican, and American settlers in the Southwest."
Congress authorized the establishment of Fort Bowie National Historic Site, "…for preservations of the site and remaining historic structures of old Fort Bowie…"
Additionally, the site was established to commemorate the Chiricahua Apache, U.S. Military presence, and the Butterfield Overland Mail Route.
The entire site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and Apache Pass in its entirety is a National Historic Landmark.
Did You Know?
Fort Bowie and Apache Pass were the focal points for U.S. military actions against the Chiricahua Apaches for control of Apache Spring and the region. These adobe walls are what’s left from the first and second posts which stood from 1862 to 1894.