The Presidio of Santa Cruz de Terrenate, Sierra Vista

3.6
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate is a former Spanish military presidio, or fortress, located roughly west of the town of Tombstone, Arizona, in the United States of America.
The Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate was established on a bluff overlooking the San Pedro River by an Irish-born Spanish Army Colonel, Hugo Oconór (Hugh O'Conor), in 1775, for the King of Spain Charles III. This is one of the best preserved sites from among the chain of similar presidios that extended from Los Adaes, Louisiana, in the east to Alta California in the west. Like all frontier presidios in the Viceroyalty of New Spain, Santa Cruz de Terrenate was garrisoned by soldados de cuera. The presidio was never completed to specifications due to the attacks of the Apache, administrative greed, corruption and poor morale. The failure of the presidio was due to numerous problems like the lack of crops, raids on the horse herds, surprise attacks on the mule trains carrying supplies, and the continuous attacks by Apache directly on the fortress. These contributed to the abandonment of the garrison in 1780. In 1878, the presidio was briefly occupied by the United States Army but abandoned later that same year.
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  • This is a nice easy hike, if you're into hiking. It's less than 4 miles round trip along the San Pedro River Riparian. Lots of good birding. The presidio itself is little more than standing where it.....  more »
  • Not everyone will enjoy this hike. The first quarter-mile of the hike is badly eroded in parts from flash floods and horses (which can use this trail that is managed by the Bureau of Land...  more »
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  • Easy hike with several benches for folk that want to take it easy. Only issue was the name of the road when turning off Hwy 82. Road sign is In Balance Ranch Rd.
  • A bit of a walk. Not much to see. Interesting facts on plaques about native plants and the old mission that was there once upon a time. If you have young kids keep an eye on them.

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