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“Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate Mission”

Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The Spanish seemed to find their way here with little trouble, except for the Apache, but travelers today would have a hard time finding it given the lousy directions most other reviews and Apple's Map App gave! So here, hopefully, are better directions. Going south from Benson or north from Tombstone go west on 82 for 5.5 miles. When you get to Fairbank Historic Townsite keep going another 1.8 miles west and turn to go north on In Balance Ranch Road. Go another 1.8 miles (just past Trails End Rd) you'll see a large parking area on the right. Park there and walk through the gated entry. Now here's where i also got a lot of confused directions. The walk to the ruins area is about a mile east across the desert and continues south along the old railroad grade. When you reach the ruins area, which is well marked with a large sign, there is a half mile loop trail that takes you through the Presidio area with descriptive signage about what used to be there. Some partial adobe walls are still in evidence but not much more. The most enjoyable part is the scenery and relative isolation as-well-as a nice walk. It was a warm day in Feb when we went and some water is still advisable for yourself or pets.

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Reviewed 5 May 2016

The Presidio is not well preserved. But, the BLM has done a great job of stabilizing what is left and installing interpretive signs to illustrate what it was and the purpose that it served. The hike from the parking lot is not strenuous. But, it is across mostly open high desert with little or no shade. Dress accordingly with sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.

Thank DjLeeJ
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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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