• 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 »

Permits

SPECIAL USE PERMITS

Certain types of activities require a special use permit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included.

A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:

  1. Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
  2. Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  3. Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  4. Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and
  5. Is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

Application Fee: $100.00 (non-refundable)
Additional Fees: vary
Application Form

Application short Form

Special Use Permits are required for the following activities (see Superintendent's Compendium):
  • The areas designated for special events, public assemblies and distribution of printed matter are: Bonita Creek Picnic Area, the Sugarloaf Mountain Picnic Area and Parking Lot and the Visitor Center areas (with restriction) of Fort Bowie NHS and Chiricahua NM.
  • In addition to public assemblies/special events and meetings, gatherings, parades, demonstrations, or other public expressions of views are subject to the conditions of this regulation.
  • All requests for public assembly/special event permits must be made a minimum of 72 hours in advance and in writing.
  • The maximum number of participants in a public assembly/special events will be limited to 100.
  • Public assembly/special events shall not exceed two hours in duration.
  • The public assembly/special event permit may be canceled at the discretion of the Superintendent
    when an emergency or potentially hazardous condition exists.
  • All costs incurred by the park area as a result of the public assembly permit/special event will be recovered from the permit holder.
  • Public assembly/special events shall not interfere with normal public use or pedestrian flow.
  • Public assembly/special events shall not take place during hours of darkness.
  • Noise levels must not exceed the limits established in 36 CFR 2 12, Audio disturbances.
  • The commercial sale of items other than the printed matter approved for sale with a permit is prohibited.
  • The permit holder is responsible for cleaning the public assembly/special event area upon the completion of the event.

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Contact Katy Hooper at 520-366-5515 x 2310 for additional information.

Did You Know?

Gila Monster

Fort Bowie National Historic Site is situated in an unusual habitat located between upper desert grassland and oak woodland ecological zones. Different animals from coyotes and gila monsters to coatimundis and black bears have been spotted!