COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fort Bowie National Historic Site staff is inviting the public to attend the National Park Service Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Activities will begin at 11 am with a memorial ceremony at the Fort Bowie Cemetery by B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Memorial), from Fort Huachuca.
Following the presentation, everyone will meet at the Visitor Center for light refreshments. At 1 pm a ranger led tour of the second Fort Bowie ruins will begin at the Visitor Center and last about an hour. The Eastern Arizona Amateur Radio Society will be on site with "National Parks on the Air" and broadcasting live around the world.
Be prepared to walk about 3-miles round trip on the trail from the Apache Pass parking area to the cemetery and then to the visitor center and fort ruins.
Make a day of it and bring a picnic lunch or snacks, don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, hats, and (possibly) rain gear.
The visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes the Western National Parks Association store, which will have a 15 percent off sale for the day.
Fort Bowie NHS is located off Apache Pass Road in Bowie, AZ.
- From Willcox, travel 24 miles east on Interstate 10 to the Bowie exit.
- From Bowie, travel 14 miles south on Apache Pass Road to the trailhead parking area. Apache Pass Road turns into a gravel road for approximately 1 mile before reaching the trailhead parking area.
The trailhead parking area is located at 3500 South Apache Pass Road. Mobility impaired individuals should call for directions to use an administrative road.
For more information about visiting the park or the centennial celebrations, go to www.nps.gov/fobo or call the visitor center staff at (520) 847-2500, ext. 25.