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The Presidio of Santa Cruz de Terrenate

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Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate Mission

The Spanish seemed to find their way here with little trouble, except for the Apache, but travelers... read more

Reviewed February 8, 2017
Brian B
Centennial, Colorado
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A bit of a hike to get there. But, worth it for history buffs.

The Presidio is not well preserved. But, the BLM has done a great job of stabilizing what is left... read more

Reviewed May 4, 2016
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

It's very hard to rate this place. I see some really low ratings which I can understand if your looking for wild scary adventure, but if your looking for a trip in the "Wayback Machine" across beautiful high desert and through riparian habitat this is...More

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Reviewed February 8, 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...More

1  Thank Brian B
Reviewed May 4, 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...More

2  Thank DjLeeJ
Reviewed January 6, 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
Reviewed December 12, 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...More

Reviewed August 27, 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
Reviewed August 14, 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...More

2  Thank Bavarian_Ruffian
Reviewed July 17, 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...More

3  Thank Ron S
Reviewed April 12, 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...More

Thank teddysmom1
Reviewed December 11, 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...More

2  Thank Jim B
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