Fort Bowie ranger-led hikes

Commemorating its 150th anniversary in 2012, rangers will lead free guided hikes into the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The hikes will focus on the chronology of events like the Bascom Affair and the Battle of Apache Pass. These events led to the Fort’s establishment. 

Ruins of Fort Bowie. (c) Luanne Mattson

The distance from the trailhead parking lot to Fort Bowie's ruins is approximately 3 miles (round-trip). Visitors are encouraged to bring water, a snack or picnic lunch, a hiking stick, sun protection, and a camera. Layered clothing is advised as weather conditions this time of year are variable.

The hikes are scheduled to be led every other Sunday. The first hike was on Sunday, Jan. 15. Rangers tell us that the hikes have been very popular. Maybe they'll add more hikes if more people are interested.

Feb. 3 update: Due to the hike's popularity, rangers will lead hikes EVERY Sunday!

Current schedule of hikes:
Feb. 5
Feb. 12
Feb. 19
Feb. 26
March 4
March 11
March 18
March 25

Meet the ranger at the Fort Bowie trailhead off Apache Pass Road. From Willcox, travel 22 miles south on State Route 186 to Apache Pass Road. Turn left on Apache Pass Road and travel eight miles along the dirt road to the trailhead parking lot. From Bowie, travel 14 miles south on Apache Pass Road to the trailhead parking lot. Apache Pass Road turns into a gravel road approximately 12 miles from Bowie.

Details:
Cost is FREE!
Where:  Meet ranger at the Fort Bowie trailhead off Apache Pass Road.
Directions: From Willcox, travel 22 miles south on State Route 186 to Apache Pass Road. Turn left on Apache Pass Road and travel eight miles along the dirt road to the trailhead parking lot. From Bowie, travel 14 miles south on Apache Pass Road to the trailhead parking lot. Apache Pass Road turns into a gravel road approximately 12 miles from Bowie.