A Clash of Cultures

Fort Bowie witnessed almost 25 years of conflict between the Chiricahua Apache and the US Army, and remains a tangible connection to the turbulent era of the late 1800s. Explore the history of Fort Bowie and Apache Pass as you hike the 1.5 mile trail to the visitor center and old fort ruins. Today, this peaceful landscape stands in stark contrast to the violence that once gripped this land.

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.

Cannon barrel at Fort Bowie

Operating Hours

The park grounds, trails, and ruins are open sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. Visitor center hours vary.

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.

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.

Black and white photo of two men looking at instruments on tripods

What is a Heliograph?

The cloudless Arizona skies and high peaks made the heliograph - a signaling device - an effective means of communication.

Last updated: July 16, 2021

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 158
Bowie, AZ 85605



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