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“For history buffs and hikers!”

Reviewed 7 January 2016

Definitely off the beaten track, worth a stroll with good but not hot, weather. Hard to believe humans existed and defended the location, but given the proximity of good water in So. Arizona, the Spanish were up to something!

Thank skihorse
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Reviewed 12 December 2015

If you love local Spanish history, archaeology or want a good walk in the desert you will enjoy this. No cameras really needed. You will find better Spanish ruins in Tubac with shops to enjoy as well. Nice view of the valley, great date, although take good walking shoes. Not really a wheelchair friendly place at all.

Thank JAMES H
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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.

Thank Batcaveranger
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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.

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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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