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 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 fort and visitor center can be accessed along a 3 mile hike. See our accessibility page if you are unable to hike in.

Brown road sign with mountains in the background.
Directions to the Park

The park is a little off the beaten path, but getting here is half the adventure!

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.

A ranger talks to visitors along a trail.
Ranger Guided Programs

Check the calendar for events at the park like ranger-led hikes to Fort Bowie, or Ranger Talks on the visitor center porch.

Crumbled white walls stand out against a background of green and mountains.
Support Your Park

Help support Fort Bowie. There are many different ways that you can get involved and make a difference.

A heat index chart and a prickly pear cactus

Plan ahead to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip to the park.

Four people in three different images: two in field, one in a vehicle, and one in a rocky landscape
Community Volunteer Ambassadors

Become a Community Volunteer Ambassador! Apply today to join our team. (Image courtesy of Conservation Legacy)

Last updated: May 18, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 158
Bowie, AZ 85605



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