Backroads Across America: Apache Territory


We hadn’t planned on spending so much time in Arizona, but after a chance conversation with another couple several days ago, we found ourselves exploring the Chiricahua (Cheer-i-ka-wa) Mountain region of southeastern Arizona.  As the U.S. expanded westward, establishing a southern route to San Francisco brought the U.S. Army into direct conflict with the Chiricahua Apaches (including such famous figures as Cochise and Geronimo) who claimed the land as their own.  Chiricahua National Monument and Fort Bowie National Historic Site were  both well worth a couple extra days in this wind blown part of the state.

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Chiricahua National Monument offers early morning rides to the top of Echo Canyon from the Visitor Center. We took full advantage of the opportunity, enjoying a leisurely 4 mile walk back through towering pinnacles that seem to defy gravity.

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A short drive up a dirt road led us to the trailhead for the mile and a half hike to the remains of Fort Bowie (Boo-y) where we would learn the history of the 20 year fight for control of Apache Pass.  Markers along the trail told the history of the tumultuous times.  Both Americans and and Apache are memorialized in the small cemetery.

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6 thoughts on “Backroads Across America: Apache Territory

  1. Sue, the link to the 3rd image (after “defy gravity”) is broken. Great photography as usual!

  2. Jackie Bachman

    Interesting history!

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  3. Jeannie Harsha

    Jeff wants to know if you went to Dos cabesas. He went to Chiricahua several time while at AU but I’ve never been. Seeing your photos makes me want to go😊

    • We Drove passed the road sign for Dos Cabesas…I think it refers to the two knobs atop a mountain??? We were desperately searching for wine, so didn’t investigate further!

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