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Apache Pass HYL Ranch
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The Apache Pass HYL Ranch lies between the Dos Cabezas Mountains to the northwest and the Chiricahua Mountains to the southeast. This junction of the two mountain ranges creates a natural pass that has been used by travelers for centuries. The area is very scenic and consists of rolling to mountainous terrain. The Apache Pass HYL Ranch completely surrounds the Ft. Bowie National Historic Site and contains many historic sites.
The Butterfield Overland Mail established a Stage Station in the Pass in July 1858. The Station masters befriended the Apache chief Cochise in an effort to ensure safe passage for the Overland Mail. Cochise frequently camped at Goodwin Spring, which is just west of the Apache Pass HYL Ranch headquarters. The peace lasted until the Bascom Affair in February 1861, which resulted in captives being taken and executed by both the Army and the Apache.
The Battle of Apache Pass occurred as the California Column crossed the Pass in July 1862 and was ambushed by the Apache while trying to get water at Apache Spring. The Army managed to drive the Apache away with two mountain howitzers. The result was the construction of Ft. Bowie to protect the precious water of Apache Spring.
Ft. Bowie remained a Calvary post throughout the Apache wars. At the time of Geronimo’s final surrender in 1886, he and his tribe were brought to Ft. Bowie and assembled for their train ride to exile in Florida. Ft. Bowie was closed in 1894 and the surrounding ranches, including the Apache Pass HYL Ranch, salvaged materials to construct housing and other improvements. The ruins of Ft. Bowie may be visited today.
Many areas of the ranch reflect the interesting history of the area. Goodwin Spring has several rock inscriptions, some which date back to the 1880’s. Portions of the Butterfield Overland Mail road cross the ranch. There are many other places on the ranch to explore that reflect the centuries of passage through this area by many cultures.
The BLM Silverstrike Alloment is administered as approximately 2,890 acres of BLM lands plus 4,256 acres of deeded lands and is rated for 99 head of cattle annually. The BLM Apache Springs Allotment consists of approximately 1,390 acres of BLM land and is rated for 56 head of cattle from March 1 to April 30 each year. The State Grazing Lease is rated for 7 head of cattle annually. The total annual carrying capacity is 115 head.
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