TOUR OVERVIEW - APACHE!
Cochise, Geronimo, Victorio, and Mangas Coloradas, all legendary Apache leaders whose names and deeds reverberate through the canyons, mountains, and deserts of their homelands. All of those men were Chiricahua Apaches, and on “Apache Wars” we follow their trails through history, a journey that weaves through the Western Apache Nations as well as the traditional Chiricahua Apache heartland of the Dragoon and Chiricahua Mountains.
The Heard Museum
Saguero National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
San Carlos Indian Reservation
Learning of the intricacies and diversity within Apache culture, this remarkable journey is framed by the natural wonders of Arizona. The living history of Apache Pass, the towering rock fortresses once patrolled by the likes of Cochise and Geronimo, and the canyons where it is said that the wind still carries their names, we experience them all and more on “Apache Wars.” We explore the pivotal military posts, Camp Verde, Fort Lowell, and Fort Bowie, and walk the boardwalks of Tombstone and the O.K. Corral.
In this incredible landscape, we discuss the roles of prominent military commanders in the Apache Wars, most notably Brig. Gen. George Crook, Gen. Nelson A. Miles and Gen. Oliver O. Howard. You will soon realize why General Crook concluded that it would “take an Apache to catch an Apache,” and we will examine the role of the famed Apache scouts in the conflict.
“Once we moved about like the wind”, Geronimo said, and on “Apache Wars” you follow that breath of freedom through the sacred, the historic, the triumphs and tragedies, the beauty of the land and the resilience of the human spirit.
EXPERIENCES BY DAY
1 - Camp Verde, Gen. Crook’s first foothold in Apache Territory, for an introduction into Apache culture
2 - Visit the Heard Museum - a world-class facility, with an excellent Apache section.
3 - The phenomenal Saguaro cactus forests of the Sonoran desert, and Fort Lowell.
4 - Tombstone, the OK Corral and the impact its leading citizen John Clum had on the Apache.
5 - Chiricahua National Monument, the traditional homeland of the Chiricahua Apaches. and the legendary “Cochise Stronghold.”
6 - Historic Apache Pass to Fort Bowie, the Butterfield Stage Station, the Bascom Incident, the old Chiricahua Agency ruins, an Apache wickiup and the famed Apache Springs,
7 Visit the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, the cultural center and Geronimo’s camp
In and out of to Phoenix, AZ (PHX), Dates to be announced. Following our published dates, you will be arriving the night previous to the start of the tour, with hotel accommodation INCLUDED in your price. This means you can book flights that suit you because whenever you arrive you will hop on the hotel shuttle from the airport. Same deal when you leave - you can chose your own departure time on the date noted above and will take the hotel shuttle to the airport.
NB. Some hotels will not allow you to book in until 4pm.
Most hotels will ask you to leave your room by 11 am, but may store bags for you if you have a late flight out of town.
Please do NOT book flights until your departure is confirmed.
This trip is based on single room accommodation with no single supplement. For sharing prices, please call +1. 307. 699. 6015
This trip is generally not a high activity tour, but all participants must be of reasonable fitness and be able to walk uneven paths and to take short hikes. The hike to Apache Pass is however considerably longer than our usual treks and all participants need to be able to walk for several hours, and carry enough water for their needs in warm hiking weather.
This will be sent to you upon payment of your balance. But thinking ahead, you will not need much 'stuff' to have a great time - we are informal - no dressing for dinner, nowhere 'posh' to go to - jeans, tees, a sweatshirt/sweater and a fleece work great. Just don't forget your passport, your credit card, sun specs and sunscreen, phone (for the camera!) and charger.
In short, please only bring what you can carry easily yourself :)
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