TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS) is offering free guided programs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this spring, from February 12 through April 2. All programs are free of charge and offer 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 programs to help folks learn more about the fascinating history of the Apache Pass area," said Southeast Arizona Group Superintendent Allen S. Etheridge, in a recent release.
Guided Hike: 10 am; 2 hours every Saturday
Meet at the Fort Bowie NHS trailhead on Apache Pass Road to begin this moderate 1.5 mile guided walk. The walk will cover a variety of topics from Apache culture to the establishment of Fort Bowie. Participants may hike 1.5 miles back to the parking lot at their leisure.
Ruins Tour: 1 pm; 1 hour every Friday and Saturday
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 second fort ruins and to hear about the life of a U.S. Army soldier during the 19 century.
Visitors should be prepared to hike from the trailhead parking lot to the fort ruins, approximately 1.5-miles one-way. Visitors are encouraged to wear layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and bring water, a snack or picnic lunch, and sun protection. The site includes a visitor center and bookstore. Weather conditions this time of year are variable.
Schools and other groups seeking a ranger-led program should call the park in advance to make reservations. Mobility impaired individuals who are unable to complete a three-mile hike may call (520) 847-2500 ext.25 for alternate directions to the visitor center.
Fort Bowie NHS is located off Apache Pass Road, part of this road is gravel, south of Bowie. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Directions to the trailhead on Apache Pass Road and alternate directions to the visitor center are on the park website, www.nps.gov/fobo. For additional questions and information, contact the visitor center staff at (520) 847-2500 ext. 25.