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A great trail ending at the ruins of an old cavalry fort, Fort Bowie National Historic Site.


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

5,028' 1,532 m

High

4,671' 1,424 m

Low

363' 111 m

Up

65' 20 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

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An easy hike to the ruins of Fort Bowie. Fort Bowie is an old cavalry fort built to defend the territory during the Apache wars. On the hike into Fort Bowie, you'll pass by the old cemetery, ruins of the Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency, and Apache Spring.

After visiting the ruins of Fort Bowie, you can return to the trailhead by taking the same trail you came in on. Another option is to take the Overlook Ridge Trail. The Overlook Ridge Trail leaves from the NNW side of the visitor center. Just like it sounds, the trail goes up to a ridge overlooking the fort and then reconnects to the original trail you came in on.

A high clearance vehicle is strongly recommend to get to the Fort Bowie trailhead. From Tucson, take I-10 to Willcox. Exit at Willcox and take Hwy 186 towards Fort Bowie and Chiricahua National Monument. From Hwy 186, there will be signage to Fort Bowie via Apache Pass Road. Apache Pass Road is a dirt road that's usually maintained, but again, a high clearance vehicle is recommended.

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Fort Bowie
Oct 17, 2023 near Willcox, AZ
Sunrise at Fort Bowie.
Oct 17, 2023 near Willcox, AZ
Fort Bowie
Oct 17, 2023 near Willcox, AZ
Cemetery along the trail into Fort Bowie.
Nov 10, 2015 near Willcox, AZ
Apache Spring along the trail into Fort Bowie.
Nov 10, 2015 near Willcox, AZ
Flag flying among ruins at Fort Bowie.
Nov 10, 2015 near Willcox, AZ

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Oct 17, 2023
Stewart Carnes
Jan 20, 2023
BK Hope
Feb 23, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Jun 7, 2020
Steven Kirkland
Nice walk. Interesting history. Lovely setting. A bit buggy. The overlook return is cool. 3.9mi
Mar 10, 2018
Karen Meyer
Feb 28, 2018
Mitch U
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