Ft. Bowie National Historic Site (Source: National Park Service)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Southeast Arizona Group Acting Superintendent Jane Rodgers recently announced that Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS) is offering free guided programs every Thursday through Sunday this spring through May 3. All programs are free of charge and are an easy way to learn more about the rich history preserved at Fort Bowie NHS.
"Beautiful spring weather is here and we are pleased to announce that our park rangers have developed several new programs to help folks learn more about the fascinating history of the Apache Pass area. And what a great time of year to get out and explore the park with a knowledgeable guide," said Rodgers, in a recent release.
Guided Hike – 10 am – 2 hours (Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday)
Meet at the Fort Bowie NHS trailhead on Apache Pass Road to begin this moderate walk. The 1.5 mile, one-way hike to the fort ruins will focus primarily on the chronology of events that led to the establishment of the fort. Participants can hike the 1.5 miles back to the parking lot at their leisure. Wear layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and bring water, a snack or picnic lunch, and sun protection.
Ruins Tour – 1 pm – 1 hour (Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday)
What stories would be told if the walls of Fort Bowie could talk? Meet a ranger at the visitor center to take a tour of the ruins to hear about those who have served and their experiences while serving at Fort Bowie. Call for directions to the visitor center that allow an alternative access for those unable to hike the 3 miles roundtrip to reach the fort ruins.
Apache Culture Talk – Upon Request – 15 Minutes
What can you truly know about a group of people if you only look at their warriors? Explore the fascinating rituals of the Apache people, their use of native plants, and more! Ask at the visitor center about this program to explore an extraordinary culture.
A Day in the Life Talk – Upon Request – 15 Minutes
Life on an isolated, frontier fort was quite different than what most Americans experienced. The day-to-day functions of the garrison were strict, scheduled, and dull. All the while, life on the campaign trail could be thrilling, but affording few comforts of home. Ask at the visitor center about this program to discover a very different life than we experience today.
Fort Bowie NHS is located off Apache Pass Road (part of this road is gravel), outside the town of Bowie. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The visitor center is open daily through the spring from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Directions to the trailhead on Apache Pass Road and alternative directions to the visitor center are on the park website, www.nps.gov/fobo. For more information, contact the visitor center at 520-847 2500, x1.