Fort Bowie's elevation (5,000 feet) may require some acclimitazation. Drinking water is available only at the visitor center. Summer hikers should carry water and sun protection, since temperatures may climb above 100 (F). Summer storms may suddenly and briefly flood the washes. Simply wait out the high water. Avoid hiking when lightning is present. Also, be alert for the occasional rattlesnake.
Did You Know?
Heliographs are instruments which use a mirror and sunlight to transmit Morse Code. General Nelson Miles realized that southern Arizona’s mountainous terrain and huge amounts of sunlight would make the heliograph useful in his campaigns from Fort Bowie against Geronimo in 1886.