• Ruins of Fort Bowie

    Fort Bowie

    National Historic Site Arizona

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  • Visitor Center Summer Hours in Effect Beginning May 1, 2014

    The visitor center will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 4 pm from May 1 – October 12, 2014. The ruins areas, hiking trails, and administrative access road are all open for the summer during park hours, sunrise to sunset. More »

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July 25, 2014
National Park Tourism to Cochise County Creates Nearly $8 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 141,665 visitors to the three parks in Cochise County spent $7,907,200 in communities near the parks in 2013. That spending supported 104 jobs in the local area. The NPS sites in Cochise County are managed as the “Southeast Arizona Group” and include Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Visitors to these three sites spend time and money, and help create jobs, in the surrounding cities and towns including Sierra Vista, Douglas, Safford, Bisbee, and Willcox, as well as in the communities of Hereford, Palominas, Pearce, Sunsites, Elfrida, and Bowie.

July 10, 2014
Arrival of Monsoon Signals Easing of Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona - July 2014
Effective Friday, July 11, all fire restrictions lifted in southeastern Arizona. Due to widespread precipitation across the area, additional rain in the weather forecast, increased relative humidity, and a rise in moisture in live and dead trees, brush, and grass, it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded.

June 04, 2014
Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Southeastern Arizona 2014
Effective Thursday, June 5, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will increase campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.

April 30, 2014
Dry Conditions Trigger Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona May, 2014
Effective Thursday, May 1, the Gila District of the Bureau of Land Management, all districts of Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will implement campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.

April 22, 2014
Cochise County National Park Service Sites Begin Summer Operations on May 1st
Superintendent H. Lane Baker has announced the summer seasonal operating hours of the three National Park Service sites in Cochise County - Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The following hours and operations are in effect from May 1 – October 12, 2014.

March 03, 2014
National Park Tourism to Cochise County Creates 8 Million Dollars in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 107 jobs in local economy

January 08, 2014
National Park Service Seeks Information in Deer Poaching Case at Fort Bowie
Bowie, AZ - In cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the National Park Service (NPS) is seeking information in the investigation of the illegal killing of a mule deer at Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS) in November

November 15, 2013
Cochise County National Park Service Sites Announce Seasonal Operations
Superintendent H. Lane Baker has announced the seasonal operating hours of the three National Park Service sites in Cochise County - Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. New this year, all three park visitor centers will be open on Thanksgiving Day. “We recognize the holidays are a popular time for many local residents to bring guests out to experience our national parks,” said Baker. “This year we’d like to make sure those visitors have the opportunity to fully enjoy our parks and visit with a ranger over the Thanksgiving holiday.”

August 19, 2013
Celebrate National Park Service Birthday with Free Entry to Parks
In celebration of the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), all 401 national park units—including Chiricahua National Monument—will waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Known as “Founder’s Day”, this event observes the creation of the NPS through an act of Congress back in 1916.

 
Fire Restrictions Lifted for Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Due to widespread precipitation in southern Arizona, the Southeast Arizona Group has lifted fire restrictions in Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site, beginning Friday, July 20, 2012. Coronado National Memorial has recorded over 6 inches of rain this month with Chiricahua National Monument reporting 2 inches and Fort Bowie National Historic site reporting under ½ an inch.

Fire Restrictions for Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Due to increased fire danger in southern Arizona, the Southern Arizona Group will implement fire restrictions in Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site, beginning Wednesday, June 6, 2012. These restrictions coincide with similar restrictions going into effect on other public lands in southern Arizona.

 
National Park Service's Southeast Arizona Group = visitors, money, jobs.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 201,211 visitors in 2010 spent $8,076,000 in the group's three parks, and in nearby communities. The Southeast Arizona Group includes Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The spending at these three parks supported 110 jobs in several local areas.
 

February 9, 2012
Lane Baker named superintendent of three Southeast Arizona national park sites

Lane Baker, a 25-year veteran of the federal government, has been named superintendent of the National Park Service's (NPS) Southeast Arizona units: Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. She will assume her new duties on March 25.

 
Ranger-led Hikes, Sunday Mornings at Fort Bowie
Fort Bowie commemorates its 150th anniversary in 2012, and to observe this historic occasion, guided hikes into the site will be offered every Sunday through March. A park ranger will meet visitors at the Fort Bowie National Historic Site trailhead on Apache Pass Road at 10:00 a.m. The hikes will focus primarily on the chronology of events that led to the establishment of the Fort, including the Bascom Affair and the Battle of Apache Pass.

 

Ranger-led hikes 2012
Fort Bowie commemorates its 150th anniversary in 2012 and to observe this historic occasion, guided hikes into the site will be offered twice monthly. Beginning January 15th and continuing every other Sunday through April, a park ranger will meet visitors at the Fort Bowie trailhead on Apache Pass Road at 10:00 a.m. The hikes will focus primarily on the chronology of events that led to the establishment of the Fort, including the Bascom Affair and the Battle of Apache Pass.

 

Apache Pass Through Time

The National Park Service, Sharlot Hall Museum, and the Tucson Presidio Trust will be hosting the first Apache Pass Through Time event on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS). This special event will serve as the kick-off event for Arizona’s statehood centennial celebration, and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Bascom Affair, a confrontation between the United States military and the Chiricahua Apache that occurred in the Apache Pass area in 1861.

 

February 19, 2010
Celebrate Archaeology Month with Special Programs
Chiricahua National Monument (NM) and Fort Bowie National Historical Site (NHS) are pleased to announce several special events for the month of March 2010. All these events and programs are being presented in conjunction with Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, an annual celebration sponsored by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office.

Did You Know?

Post Trader Building

Chief Cochise visited Fort Bowie, now a National Historic Site, socially on several occasions after he made peace with General Howard. He would meet here, at the Post Trader building, to talk, trade and drink beer with the soldiers.