The following was just released today that the Rangers at Fort Bowie National Historic Site will lead tours on the weekends from February 23 until March 31. On Saturday a van will pick people up at the parking lot at 10:00 AM for a tour of the fort. There is a limit of 11 people for the tour so reservations are strongly suggested. There is a preliminary talk and then the tour of the ruins will take about 45 minutes. After the tour is finished, you can take the van back to the parking lot or you can hike out the mile and a half to the parking lot. The vans are handicap accessible as is the ruins at the fort.
On Sundays a guided ranger hikes will be available and will leave the parking lot at 10:00 AM. The hike will be along the trail to the fort. The trail is relatively flat most of the way and will focus on the events that ensued in establishing the fort. More information on the limited tours are available at the website on this special program or by calling 520-847-2500 x 1.
The fort has a visitors center where you can look at many of the historical items in the display cases. There is old clothing and various military pieces for visitors to look at. I wrote about this hike in 2011 and you can read that blog by clicking here. Just a reminder hiking in the desert can be dangerous so take a hat and plenty of water when you hike. There is no food at the ranger station so take along something for a snack or a back pack with a picnic lunch. It is a fun hike so make the most of it.
The historic site is a short driving distance from Down By The River B and B in St. David, AZ.