To the Trailhead by Car
From Willcox, AZ / points west on I-10: drive 23 miles east of Willcox on Interstate 10 to the the town of Bowie. Exit at the first Bowie exit and drive through the town. Follow the signs for Fort Bowie National Historic Site and turn south on Apache Pass Road. Drive 13 miles to the Fort Bowie Trailhead (the last mile of the road is unpaved). Be prepared to walk the three miles round trip to the ruins and back to your car.
The Hike In
The story of Apache Pass and the events that led to the establishment of Fort Bowie are best understood via a 3-mile roundtrip hike from the trailhead on Apache Pass Road to the visitor center and Second Fort Ruins. Interpretive signs along the way help explain and illustrate the historical importance of this mountain pass in the decades-long conflict between the US Military and Apache people in the late 1800s. If you're unable to hike to the visitor center, please visit our accessibility page.
Last updated: May 12, 2021