Bowie is a small rural unincorporated town in northeast Cochise County, just off of Interstate 10. The area is considered historically significant with its association with the Indian Wars of the late 1800s, and is rich in natural beauty.
The town came to life in 1880 via the combined efforts of the Southern Pacific Railroad and enterprising frontiersman, James Tevis. Bowie is the namesake of Fort Bowie in nearby Apache Pass. The Fort was a military stronghold against the Chiricahua Apaches during the 1800’s and the Butterfield Stage had a stop in this pass. Farming, ranching, trapping, mining and tourism have also played important parts in Bowie’s history. Great soil, pleasant climate, and artesian wells allowed many farmers to grow cotton, fruits, and vegetables, and cattle ranches to flourish. Today, the major crops are pecans, pistachios, and grapes for wine.
Considered high desert at an elevation of 3,750feet, Bowie is located in the San Simon Valley and is surrounded by picturesque mountains with Mount Graham reaching 10,710 feet to the north, Peloncillo Range to the east, Dos Cabezas Range to the southwest and the Chiricahua Mountains to the south. Bowie, with its big sky and clean air, is known for its beautiful sunrises, sunsets and dark starry nights. Wild flowers of all colors abound to decorate the area in spring time.
A multitude of opportunities for bird watching, investigating history, hiking, rock climbing, picnicking and camping await you. The Indian Bread Rocks Picnic Area is the access point to the Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness Area to the south. Fort Bowie National Historic Site is in Apache Pass. Further south, in the Coronado National Forest, you will find the Chiricahua National Monument. This is truly a “Wonderland of Rocks” with magnificent formations and vistas. In the range’s southeast corner runs the beautiful gorge of Cave Creek with the Southwest Research Station and the village of Portal, a sanctuary for birding enthusiasts. The Hot Well/Dunes Recreational Area north of Bowie has natural hot mineral water tubs and is adjacent to the sand dunes available for ATV recreation and camping.
The Bowie Unified School District #14, established in 1885, continues to provide an excellent education for our children pre-k through high school. The small classes, wonderful staff and numerous extracurricular activities make this a great place to raise your children. The attractive campus includes a public swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts.
Bowie has a post office, a county library, community center, a volunteer fire department with emergency services, and businesses eager to serve you. It has a Community Methodist Church, First Southern Baptist Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and the Buddhist Diamond Mountain University and Retreat in the foothills.