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.

Cannon barrel at Fort Bowie

Visitor Center Hours

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

Wooden headstones at Fort Bowie cemetery

Fort Bowie Cemetery

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

A flycatcher perches on a wall

Birding at Fort Bowie

Apache Spring at Fort Bowie attracts a variety of resident and migrating birds. Download a bird check list for the park on this page.

View of Fort Bowie ruins from afar

Hike Through History

The park was designed to be experienced via the Fort Bowie Trail at Apache Pass Rd. See our directions page if you are unable to hike in.

A close up of a yellow aster flower with a beetle crawling on it.

Flora of Fort Bowie

The park has a diversity of plants despite its size and uniform topography. This page contains a link to a plant checklist for the park.

Chiricahua Apaches sit outside of a railway car bound for Florida

Chiricahua Apache

Fort Bowie is in many ways a site of conscience, a place to reflect on the events of the past, including some of the darker moments.

Last updated: December 7, 2017

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P.O. Box 158
Bowie, AZ 85605



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