Apache Pass Historic Trail
Phone: (520) 847-2500
The trail to the ruins of Fort Bowie (3 miles round trip) winds past the remains of a Butterfield Stage Coach Station, the post cemetery, an Apache wickiup, and the spring that made the area so desirable by providing the only reliable source of water for many miles. There are benches at the spring so hikers can rest up and cool off at this scenic spot. We were lucky enough to see a coatimundi foraging in the moist earth near the spring on one occasion. The walk is moderately strenuous and you'll want to stop at the interesting sites along the way, so allow a minimum of two hours for the round trip visit, including a stop at the visitor center. Be sure to bring water and sun protection. Dogs are not allowed on National Park or National Monument trails. There is an alternate route back for those who do not wish to retrace their steps on their return to the parking lot. There is also a side trail to the original site of the fort.