Ford Apache - Exhibition of the culture of the Apache Indians in Arizona

Restored building in the Fort Apache historical park in Arizona

The Apache Indians they occupy a remarkable place in the still recent History of The United States, and if we are really interested in deepening their culture, during our trip along the west coast of the United States we will have the opportunity to visit the Apache Culture Center and Museum, where we can also visit what remains of the famous Fort apache.

Most of us know from western movies that Gerónimo and Cochise were prestigious heads of the Apache tribe of the Indians, who faced the United States army in defense of their historical territories.

And perhaps the greatest reflection of this stage in American history is found in the mythical movie Fort apache, by director John Ford, played by John Wayne, which shows us the confrontation between the Apache Indians and the soldiers of the American army.

Although the movie Fort apache It was filmed in the incredible landscapes of Monument Valley, if we have a lot of interest in visiting the reminiscences of the original Fort apache and of the Apache Indian culture we must go further south in Arizona.

Specifically, if we come through northern Arizona, the village of Fort Apache, and the whole area where the Apache Culture Center, It is located three and a half hours (280 km) southeast of Flagstaff, a city north of Sedona. And if we are in Phoenix, it is at a similar distance, to the northeast on Highway 60, to take the 73 to the right past the town of Carrizo.

He Apache Culture Center it is a complex where we can visit the Fort Apache historical park, which is a pedestrian route in which 27 restored historic buildings can be seen, and whose origins date back to the times when the military fort was established, in 1870.

You also visit an old military cemetery, the reconstruction of an Apache village and a Museum opened in 2004, in which different original objects of the culture of the Apache Indians, as well as photos that illustrate its most recent history and that of the military settlement of Fort Apache.

Of course, although I have not had occasion to visit it, we do not expect to meet the typical military fort of western films, such as the mythical Fort apache.

He Apache Culture Center It is open to the public from Monday to Saturday (beware, in winter only until Friday) from 8 in the morning until 17 hours, and the price of admission for adults is 5 dollars.

More information from the Arizona Apache Culture Center

  • See Fort Apache on the map of Arizona
  • Official website of Fort Apache Historical Park