Fort Bowie Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bowie, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.8 miElevation gain646 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViews
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Apache Springs
32.14564, -109.44112
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Tomlin Pedque
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HikingGreat!

A great informative hike. Bring plenty of water and sun protection.

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Laurel Wang
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Hiking

it's more like 5 miles even though the NPS says it's 3

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j p
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WalkingGreat!No shade

Fee free area to explore. Each sign provides ample information and gives context for the exact area you are standing in. Be sure to grab a brochure for even more history and imagery. Visitor center is also a small museum of artifacts.

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Scott Smith
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Cindy Dobrzynski
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Hiking

Relatively easy trail, lots of signs about the history on the way to the fort. The return trail gives a beautiful panoramic of the valley below

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Coleman Wolf
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Awesome History. You have to do this hike

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Amy Harris
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Well maintained, beautiful trail with history guideposts along the way where the ruins of the buildings are. There was still some snow on the ground from earlier in the week which was cool. Be forewarned if you're going on a cool or windy day that the wind makes a tunnel through the valley and parts of the trail the wind blew insanely and at almost 5,000 ft elevation, that wind is cold! The road off the main road to the park is dirt wash board, so just something to be aware of.

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Megan Thompson
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Nature trips

Very interesting and well kept. Worth the stop and hike. The history guides along the way really help to fully understand the land and how it was used 150 years ago. Only saw a few other people. The building at the top was closed when I went. 12/29/2020

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carol christianson
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A lot of time and energy went into developing these trails. I appreciate all the effort!

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David Platt
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HikingGreat!

Both the scenery and history are interesting but not extraordinary. The terrain varies, and there are frequent points of interest along the way including historic ruins and info panels explaining the history of the area.

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Justin Cranmer
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Sara Stone
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HikingGreat!

The trail was excellent. It was well marked and easy to get to. Well stocked clean pit toilets at the trailhead and clean flush toilets at the visitor center. There were signs identifying the plants and the structures so you knew what you were looking at.

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Larry Keiser
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Cassie Merrill
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Hiking

Stunning views. Saw a bunch of coatis.

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Ryan Cully
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Hiking

Great hike, did it with my 4 yo. pretty flatt abd and tons of cool historical information along the way. Great hike worth it.

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Alanna Felix
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HikingNo shade

I wouldn’t recommend during the summer with children and dogs but other than that it’s a clear path with historical information plaques along the way. Be careful, we ran into tarantula hawks during our hike so just be aware. Nice and clear, away from the city. Our family will probably try this trail again in the winter.

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Kyle P
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful trail with an interesting history.

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Mandi Chestler
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Hiking

Super interesting and easy interpretive trail in the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. It’s nice that dogs are allowed in the trail as well.

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Wendy Schackwitz
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nice hike to a NP visitor center and ruins of the fort. water fountain and bathrooms available at the visitor center.

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Troy Clark
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Excellent trail, informative signs to go with the ruins and history of the valley. Ranger is very informative and very knowledgeable of this area that she is over.

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Yolanda Aguirre
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easy trail...there is a ranger ststion..museum, gift shop once you get to the formations. fun hike, not hatd at all. there is also a cemetary...well kept. interesting area.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Fort Bowie has some very good trails with good views of the ruins of the fort , a historic cemetery and good views of the surrounding mountains.

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Derek Krall
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Hiking

Easy dog friendly trail with historical significance, good views, and opportunities to see wildlife.

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Gina Banes
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Hiking

GeoCaching brought us to this location. what a cool trail of history lessons!

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Stewart Carnes
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Hiking

Great fun trail. Great history. Very well organized. I ended up doing 4.6 miles by seeing everything.

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zenon guillen
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Its a nice easy hike with great scenery and overlook after a short uphill climb. Ranger is really nice and helpful and the ruins are gorgeous.

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Super good time. Great for dogs on a leash. Very informative with foundations, a wikiup, and good write-ups. Ranger station closes at 4 - sharp. Do the loop. First half is historical; second half is more geological and views.

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Amber Smith
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Great trail!! Amazing views especially on the loop on the way back! Should wear hiking shoes and carry water!

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Benjamin Doeckel
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Hiking

Leisurely hike...well maintained trail, markers all along the way. Interesting history, and great views!

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