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Fort Bowie National Historic Site

3500 South Apache Pass Road, Willcox, AZ 85605
+1 662-213-1513
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Worth the hike!

We hiked in to see the ruins and enjoyed stopping at the graveyard and Apache Spring where we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
via mobile

This was one of the best adventures and surprised me. You drive on a dirt road to the trail head... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Megan F
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Located here are the carefully preserved ruins of Fort Bowie, a focal point of the battle between the U.S. Army and the Apaches.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
3500 South Apache Pass Road, Willcox, AZ 85605
+1 662-213-1513
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked in to see the ruins and enjoyed stopping at the graveyard and Apache Spring where we splashed some cool water on our faces. The ruins were interesting and I enjoyed reading the placards along the way telling us about the history. The loop...More

Reviewed 9 June 2017

This was one of the best adventures and surprised me. You drive on a dirt road to the trail head. It is 1.5 mile hike to the visotr center and the ruins of the ft. bowie . The hike is mostly sun exposed, very informative...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017

3-mile round-trip hike to ruins along an easy, well-interpreted trail. Water fountains, restrooms, museum, & bookstore at the ruins' ranger station at the trail's mid-point. HIGHLY recommended.

Reviewed 26 May 2017

It's not a drive by or an easy do. It is a ways out there from anywhere you might stay. The drive includes some dirt road. You have to hike a mile and a half to get to the Visitor Center which sits slightly above...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017

Drove the road to Fort Bowie & saw the signs saying I was entering it ... but didn't see too much. No visitor center or any major signage or obvious buildings or anything like that. Did see a place or two with cars parked but...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017

Visited May 2017. The road to the trail head is a gravel road in good shape but about 12 miles long from Hwy 186. A regular sedan can drive on this road ok. You must hike a moderate to difficult 1 and 1/2 mile dirt...More

Reviewed 6 May 2017

There is a 1 1/2 mile hike to see the ruins. Along the way there are interpretive signs explaining about the history of the area. Makes you think about the pioneers and Native Americans and the trials and tribulations that they all went through to...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

Our Tucson hiking club hiked from the trailhead to Apache Sprgs and Ft. Bowie. A volunteer at Ft. Bowie gave us a one hour walk around tour. Very interesting... lots of old partial structures and a great visitor center (which can also be reached by...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

Fort Bowie lies down a long dirt road (although I heard it can be accessed via a shorter dirt road). As others have stated, you have to hike 1.5 miles to access the fort. The hike was moderate, not that fun on a hot day....More

Reviewed 1 May 2017

The road leading to Ft. Bowie involves several miles of improved gravel road and your vehicle will need a thorough wash job when you're finished. I would not recommend it during bad weather, rain or snow, but it is easily negotiated by any vehicle in...More

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Questions & Answers
7 March 2017
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Response from 234Glenys | Reviewed this property
call the headquarters and they can make accommodations for you to drive to ruin area.
12 January 2017
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Response from Dorothy L | Reviewed this property
February is starting to warm from the 40's to 50's and 60's. There is ALWAYS a good chance to see a rattle snake. Stay on the trail, and always be alert. True it is less likely in colder temps, but snake sitings were on... More
21 August 2016
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Response from sabimax | Reviewed this property
The road is not paved but in good condition. We traveled the road with our Toyota Camry and did not have any problems. It is a beautiful drive.