There are also the ruins of Santa Ana de Quiburi an old Spanish Visita and a Sobaipuris Indian Village near the Fairbank Facility. Father Eusebio Kino made contact with the Sobaipuris here in the late 1690s. Chief Cobo, who became friends with Kino had an adobe house built for the missionary in 1697. The Sobapuris moved away from the area so Father...more
The 7th Stop along the route discusses the bastions. The bastions were large square structures placed at the corners of the fort. This is where the heavy cannons were mounted. This design, which was very successful in Europe, proved to be nearly useless against the tactics used by the Apaches in the area.more
As the sign indicates the trail to the remains of the presidio is about 1/2 mile round trip from where the trail to the Contention Mill Site separates (about 1.5 miles from the parking area). The trail is easy to distinguish and is marked along the way with signs showing how much farther you have to go.more
After touring the main area of Fairbank, you can drive about 1 mile west, turn on In Balance Ranch Road and drive up to the parking area for the Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate. The Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate was established in 1775 when Francisco Tovar, and a company of 56 men, 352 horses and 51 mules marched north from Bonora, Mexico. Not...more
The trail loops around and part of it follows the San Pedro River and the old railroad bed. There is also a short branch trail that leads directly to the river. These photos were taken at the end of that branch trail. The river is very muddy because it is the end of the monsoon season and water has rushed down the mountains and canyons stirring up...more
There are signs directing you to the main attractions at the Fairbank site. There are two main trails leading from the main Fairbank Townsite. One leads to the Fairbank Cemetery and the Grand Central Mill. The second trail leads along the San Pedro River and the old railroad bed.more
You should pay attention to these signs. There are sometimes places where the water flows across the road during monsoon season. The water can be deeper than it looks and can flow very quickly. The water can also be a indicator of a coming flash flood. Please obey the signs. Apparently someone was angry at this sign. See the bulletholes?more
Wear a hat to shield you from the desert sun.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring sunblock and bug spray (especially around monsoon season July to September).
Miscellaneous: Drink plenty of water before, during and after your hike. If you did not bring an adequate supply of water you can purchase some at the Visitor's Center for $1.00 a bottle.