Fort Bowie's elevation (5,000 feet) may require some acclimitazation. Drinking water is available only at the visitor center. Summer hikers should carry water and sun protection, since temperatures may climb above 100 (F). Summer storms may suddenly and briefly flood the washes. Simply wait out the high water. Avoid hiking when lightning is present. Also, be alert for the occasional rattlesnake. Call 9-1-1 if you have cell reception and have an emergency.
How to Have a Safe Visit to Fort Bowie National Historic Site
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What Can You Do When Exploring Near the Border?
Remember that cell phone service is usually out of range within park boundaries.
Know where you are at all times, follow good safety procedures, and use common sense when making decisions.
Do not pick up hitch-hikers.
Keep valuables, including spare change, out of sight, and lock your vehicle.
Avoid traveling on well-used but unofficial "trails."
Avoid hiking in areas of major border activity.
People in distress may ask for food, water, or other assistance. It is recommended that you do not make contact. Report the location of the distressed people to the visitor center, other park staff, or the Border Patrol.
Report ANY suspicious behavior to park staff or Border Patrol. Please do not contact suspicious persons, contact a Ranger for assistance.
Last updated: June 7, 2018