Bowie, AZ: Valley of the Sun Chapter, Fort Bowie Hike

Apr 22, 2023 12:00PM—2:00PM


Location: Apache Pass Road Trailhead, 3500 South Apache Pass Rd, Bowie, AZ 85605

Event Contact Darryl Toupkin 602-284-1765 | Email


Distance: 3 miles – Easy to Moderate (due to uneven terrain and semi-arid)

Fort Bowie witnessed almost 25 years of conflict between the Chiricahua Apache and the US Army, and remains a tangible connection to the turbulent era of the late 1800s. Explore the history of Fort Bowie and Apache Pass as you hike 3 miles winding through remains of Butterfield Stage Station, the old post cemetery, an Apache wikiup, Apache Spring, and finally the first and second forts. The park visitor center and museum are located near the ruins of the second fort. Today, this peaceful landscape stands in stark contrast to the violence that once gripped this land. Easy hike and amazing history of the southwest.

There is a toilet but no water at the trailhead but there is water and restrooms at the Visitor Center along the hike. Bring your own water, along with poles, sun protection (not a lot of shade on this walk), first aid, and nutrition.

All our hikes and activities are planned & led by volunteers and donations are appreciated to support the chapter. If you are a member of the American Pilgrims on the Camino and interested in leading a hike or walk, please contact us at

Please stay home if you are feeling sick. No pets on group walk due to chapter liability.