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Fort Bowie commemorates in its 1000 acres, the story of the bitter conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the United States military. For more than 30 years Fort Bowie and Apache Pass were the focal point of military operations eventually culminating in the surrender of Geronimo in 1886 and the banishment of the Chiricahuas to Florida and Alabama.

It was the site of the Bascom Affair, a wagon train massacre, and the battle of Apache Pass, where a large force of Chiricahua Apaches under Mangus Colorados and Cochise fought the California Volunteers. The remains of Fort Bowie today are carefully preserved, the adobe walls of various post buildings and the ruins of a Butterfield Stage Station. It stands as a lasting monument to the bravery and endurance of U.S. soldiers in paving the way for westward settlement and the taming of the western frontier. It also serves to give us an understanding of the 'clash of cultures,' one a young emerging nation in pursuit of its 'manifest destiny,' the other a valiant hunter/gatherer society fighting to preserve its existence. Apache resistance was finally crushed at Fort Bowie, and the result was the end of the Indian wars in the United States.



Email - FOBO_Operations@nps.gov

Fax- 520-847-2221

Write to
HCR 2, Box 6500
Willcox, AZ 85643

- or -
P.O. Box 158
Bowie, AZ 85605

Headquarters - 520-847-2500


Operating Hours, Seasons
Visitor Center: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. Closed Christmas Day. Ruins Trail hours are from sunrise to sunset. Peak season is from March until May.


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Visitor Centers
Open All Year 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

Phone - 520-847-2500
Location - From Willcox drive southeast for 20 miles on State #186 to the Fort Bowie turn off, then drive another eight miles on the unpaved road to the Fort Bowie Trailhead. Be prepared to walk the three miles round trip to the ruins and back to your car. From the town of Bowie, the trailhead is located on Apache Pass Road, 13 miles south. The park is 116 miles east of Tucson via I-10, and 227 miles from Phoenix.
Closures - Closed December 25.
Special Programs - Call for information.
Exhibits - Exhibits on the Butterfield mail route, military life at the fort and Apache history are available.

Available Facilities - A Southwest Parks and Monuments Association bookstore has maps, posters and books about Apache history, the Butterfield mail route, women's history of the 19th century and military history during this period.

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These outdoors activities are available near Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
 Campgrounds Near Fort Bowie National Historic Site:
Chiricahua National Monument - Bonita Canyon Camp Ground, Bowie, 9 miles away
Indian Bread Rocks, San Simon, 13 miles away
Pinery Canyon Campground, Cochise County, 14 miles away
Upper Pinery Canyon Campground, Cochise County, 14 miles away
Mt View, Bowie, 14 miles away
Mountain View RV Park, Bowie, 15 miles away
Rustler Park Campground, Cochise County, 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Fort Bowie National Historic Site:
Days Inn Willcox, Willcox , 36 miles away
Rodeway Inn Willcox, Willcox , 36 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILLCOX, Willcox , 36 miles away
Super 8 Willcox, Willcox , 38 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Lordsburg, Lordsburg , 43 miles away
Hampton Inn Lordsburg NM, Lordsburg , 44 miles away
Econo Lodge Lordsburg, Lordsburg , 44 miles away
 Trails Near Fort Bowie National Historic Site:
Rock Canyon Trail Two Hundred Fiftynine, Cochise County , 15 miles away, 9.4 hiking miles, 3875 feet elevation difference
Saulsbury Canyon Trail Two Hundred Sixtythree, Cochise County , 16 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 3246 feet elevation difference
Crest Trail Two Hundred Seventy, Cochise County , 18 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 263 feet elevation difference
Basin Trail Two Hundred Fortyseven, Cochise County , 19 miles away,  4.8 hiking miles, 2400 feet elevation difference
Cottonwood Canyon Trail Two Hundred Sixtysix, Cochise County , 19 miles away, 5.1 hiking miles, 1962 feet elevation difference
Snowshed Trail, Cochise County , 19 miles away,  14.6 hiking miles, 4141 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Fort Bowie National Historic Site:
Chiricahua National Monument, Willcox - AZ , 40 miles away
Coronado National Forest, Arizona , 21 miles away

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