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The Presidio of Santa Cruz de Terrenate

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 February 2017
Brian B
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Centennial, Colorado
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Centennial, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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!

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Fahaheel, Kuwait
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Whetstone, Az.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

There is not much left of the Presidio and it's a pretty good walk to get there Signage on the trail in leaves a bit to be desired. But if you enjoy nature, you will enjoy yourself. The view from the Presidio is very nice, there is a marked trail once you get there with informational signs and a few... More 

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