Monday, February 15, 2010

Ft. Bowie National Historical Site

National Historical Sites experience less traffic than National Parks. I opine that it is due to the fact that most people could care less about history. That's sad. But for a visitor on a cool weekend in February, I had the Ft. Bowie National Historical Site almost to myself, less a trail crew and a couple from California.

For 20 years this fort stood as a refuge for the Army during the battles against the Chiricahua Apache, including those periods of Cochise and Geronimo.

The key to this location is Apache Spring. Water is king is this area that combines Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert with the southern Rocky Mountains and the northern Sierra Madres. Without this spring, this fort would have been located elsewhere. (They tell you not to drink the water; but I did -- couldn't help it; it was fine.)

Nestled between the Chiricahua and Dos Cabeza Mountains, the round-trip hike is 3 miles. The return hike over Overlook Ridge is not for the out-of-shape person.

A wonderful return to a rough time for the Apache and the U.S. Army.

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