El Presidio (Spanish for The Prison) is a military fort in Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2 in the Diez Coronas region of the Nuevo Paraíso territory.

The fort serves as a Mexican Army stronghold.


Red Dead Redemption 2

El Presidio is visible across the river from New Austin but cannot be explored during normal gameplay. It has the distinction of being the only settlement in Mexico that makes an appearance in the game.

Red Dead Redemption

A large portion of the Luisa Fortuna mission "Must a Saviour Die?" takes place in this location and, naturally, the Abraham Reyes mission "The Gates of El Presidio" takes place here.

Undead Nightmare

During the Undead Nightmare, El Presidio is a Safe Zone protected by high walls, multiple cannons, a Gatling gun, and the Mexican Army. Ladders have been added to certain points on the walls for ingress and egress. There is a perpetual horde of undead surrounding the fort. It is also one of two locations that the Missing Persons activity is linked.



Red Dead Redemption

  • In single-player, wearing the Duster Coat while the Mexican Army controls El Presidio will automatically gain the player a bounty.
  • Lassoing and hogtying a bounty target and taking him inside the fort will cause the soldiers to assume a combat stance. Cutting him free will cause the soldiers to shoot him until he either leaves or dies. There is no penalty for this, and the player can still claim the bounty.
  • It seems that at least one person in El Presidio may become hostile towards John Marston.
  • In Multiplayer, shooting TNT or lanterns inside El Presidio will result in a $20 bounty. Throwing Dynamite or a Fire bottle will also result in a bounty if the explosion/fire touches any part of the fort.
  • Oddly, despite being a literal stronghold, it is not featured in a Stronghold match.
  • Underneath one of the sets of stairs in the fort there is a Jail Cell, though it is always locked, and an occupant is rarely seen.
  • It is a common location in Multiplayer to become a Public Enemy because of the many Cannons and Gatling Guns with one being present directly at the front door making it easy to rack up many thousands in bounty. Also, with having only two entrances it is a very defensible position and with a group of the player's friends (6 being the bare minimum with any number above that just to make it easier) they can man all the Cannons and Gatling Guns that protect those 2 entrances with people to spare for sniper duty (using Rolling Blocks, Carcano Rifles, Bolt Action Rifles, etc.) and guarding the inside of the fort if any Military break through the player's defensive line.
  • It is possible to see El Presidio from the top of Nekoti Rock, though it looks like an undetailed block. To do this, binoculars or a sniper scope are required.
  • In multiplayer, if a player takes control of a mounted weapon and fires at the walls of El Presidio, an additional $20 will be added to their bounty. This can be a very useful tactic for any players wanting to complete any challenges or achievements/trophies.

Undead Nightmare

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Players could explore Nuevo Paraíso via glitch, and player could visit El Presidio. The prison's textures have low resolution and some of the walls have no collision. This was fixed in the patch 1.03, with the inclusion of Red Dead Online, and players cannot go to Nuevo Paraíso anymore.
    • However there is another glitch that allows the player to go to Nuevo Paraíso after patch 1.05 that includes getting drunk in a cave and spawn outside of the map. From there the player can head southwest and break one of the wild horses that spawn above Twin Rocks. The player would have to go all the way around the Sea of Coronado and head south to cross the San Luis River where the two closest land points meet.



Red Dead Redemption

The discovery of locations in Red Dead Redemption count towards the following Trophies/Achievements:

10 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Uncover every location on the map in Single Player.

100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

Use of the mounted weapons available at El Presidio can contribute toward the following Achievement/Trophy:

20 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Kill 500 enemies with a mounted weapon in any game mode

Undead Nightmare

Keeping this location free of Undead infestation during the Undead Nightmare contributes toward the following Trophies/Achievements:

Rdr spinning plates
25 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Have every territory saved at the same time during the Undead Nightmare

Rdr zed's dead baby
40 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Attain 100% Game Completion statistic in Undead Nightmare.

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