Alerts & Conditions


Overcast skies over adobe wall ruins
A stormy day at Fort Bowie

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Monsoon Season: June 15 - September 30

Officially, Fort Bowie National Historic Site is in "monsoon season" from June 15 through September 30, and severe thunderstorms are possible. Though the season officially begins on June 15, often the park doesn't see its first seasonal storm until sometime in July. After then, it is common for thunderclouds to develop each day.

Some storms are severe and drop enough rain at once to cause flooding. Flash floods come quickly and can be dangerous.

Do not try to cross a flooded wash - often as quickly as the flood comes, it will dissipate as storms move across the landscape. Remember: Turn around, don't drown! Lightning can also pose a hazard this time of year. Time your activity to be indoors in the afternoon. If you are outside during a storm, find shelter. Lightning will often strike trees, so stay away and stay low if you get caught.

collogue of three photos; skunk - small black animal with white stripes and a long tail, coyote - medium size dog with tan fur, coati - small animal with brown and white fur, the coloring on its face looks like an eye mask
Skunk, coyote, and a coati.


Rabies Warning

Rabies has been detected within Coronado National Memorial. Do not Approach, Feed, or Touch wild animals.

Signs of Rabid Animals:

  • Appearing sick or tame
  • Difficulty moving or paralyzed
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Drooling or biting
  • Active during abnormal hours

Report Dead Animals, Unusual Wildlife Observations, or Injuries

Park Ranger at Fort Bowie Visitor Center - 520-549-6751
Cochise County Sheriff's Office - Animal Control - 520-432-8502

If bitten, wash with soap and water for at least 5 minutes and seek immediate medical attention.

Last updated: June 13, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 158
Bowie, AZ 85605



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