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Reviewed 28 August 2015

A short 1/2 mile hike takes you to the Adobe remains of an old Spanish presidio near the San Pedro River. Of interest are the interpretive signs.

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Reviewed 15 August 2015

When I say "Isolated", I really mean, "ISOLATED".
After driving down several miles of an unpaved dirt road, I came across a pullover spot and thought this would be the best point to start my hike.
The only way I knew I was at the right spot was due to a lone sign indicating that, if I were to start walking, I'd pass the various ruins scattered about the designated trail.
It was quite an experience: this site was literally in the middle of the wilderness; I did not pass a single person on my trek to and from the various sites.
You can go out as far as you'd like; I estimate it to be 3-4 miles. There are no steep hills or major inclines, but as you are genuinely walking out in to the desert, I recommend very good footwear, loose and comfortable clothing, a good hat and lots of suncream. There is little to no shade on the journey. Oh, yes, and bring lots of water. If you are foolhardy enough like myself to go here in the summer, this is a must.
As you pass along the way, you see quite a few examples of ruins from the Spanish colonial period. If you are massively in to aspects of American history, be that regarding European colonialism, the Spanish Empire, or the Apaches history in the region, this is a good place to visit.
I will say again: this is very isolated. You cannot just drive up to the ruins, it requires a bit of a trek. Water and sun protection are essential.
Also, while there are numerous signs out there that are informative, and several walls, foundations and mounds, I must tell the audience that time and the environment has not been kind to these ruins; do not expect these to be like a proper full fort or chapel. However, do not let that deter you from visiting: there are wonderful desert views to behold, its good exercise, and a nice chance to familiarize oneself with the area. And, as you'll be able to tell from some of these ruins, they may not be around much longer.

2  Thank Bavarian_Ruffian
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Reviewed 18 July 2015

I highly recommend a visit to this site for history buffs and those seeking to experience one of the unspoiled areas of Arizona. A round-trip hike of around 3 miles takes you to the remains of a Spanish Presidio, one of a chain of forts built along the northern frontier of the Spanish Empire in Mexico to protect the area from restless natives and European rivals.

After parking in a designated lot, visitors follow a trail gradually downhill to a railroad bed and then walk along the bed to the site of the fort. An interpretive trail with signage takes you around the grounds. Stone foundations and 1-3 foot tall adobe walls are all that is left of the Presidio.

The Presidio was built in 1775. It was garrisoned by Spanish soldiers and Opata Indians from Sonora. It was under constant pressure and attack from the Chiricahua Apache who lived in the areas to the east. Sobaipuri Pima villages were near to the fort. Under pressure from the Apache and as part of a reorganization of all presidios in the area, the site was abandoned in 1780.

Bring water. Wear a hat and walking shoes. If visiting during the summer, start early in the day.

The Presidio is part of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. A visit to the ghost town of Fairbank, also on the SPRNCA, would be a good companion activity. There you will find information about the Presidio and a scale model at the schoolhouse museum (open Friday - Sunday 9:30 - 4:30).

2  Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

The weather was in the 70's, the hike was short, and the signs were interesting from a historic view point, but if you're looking for a lot of nicely preserved ruins, this is not for you. We had visited the ghost town of Fairbank, and did this on the way home. Would have rather stayed on the San Pedro river near Fairbank and played in the shade, but did find it somewhat interesting.

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Reviewed 12 December 2014

Yes there is just such a place and it is nearly 250 years old. About 1776, right when USA was fighting England for independence, Spain was expanding her frontier here in the Southwest. Our seasoned native Apache people had much to say about this as "the Presidio of Santa Cruz de Terrenate" had a mere 4 years of existence before pulling out. The Apache raided the outpost mercilessly and gained many free horses in the process.

The remains of all this action can still be traced, even the battlement is visible. Don't expect a 6 Flags presentation, this is history as it is left to us by time. It is worthwhile for the Southwest buff or birder or hiker. I hiked up the railroad in July, temperature was 110F. I do not recommend this.

I do recommend a visit. It is a thoughtful, quiet place. It is protected by the federal government so pot hunting is out of the question.

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