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Coronado Historic Site, Bernalillo

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Coronado, New Mexico's first state historic site to open to the public, was dedicated on May 29, 1940, as part of the Cuarto Centenario commemoration (400th Anniversary) of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's entry into New Mexico. It is located along New Mexico Highway 550, 1 mile west of Bernalillo and 16 miles north of Albuquerque.Although it is named for Vasquez de Coronado, who camped in the vicinity in 1540–1542, this archeological site is most noted for the ruins of Kuaua pueblo. The pueblo or village was settled about 1325 and abandoned toward the end of the 16th century. Kuaua was one of several Tiwa-speaking pueblos in the area when the conquistador Vasquez de Coronado arrived, and the village was almost certainly abandoned due to the after effects of the Tiguex War (February 1541).The ruins of Kuaua Pueblo were excavated in the 1930s by an archeological team led by Edgar Lee Hewett and Marjorie F. Tichy (Lambert). The excavation revealed a south-to-north development over the village's three centuries of existence, as well as six kivas built in round, square and rectangular shapes. The site is particularly noted for a series of pre-contact (pre-1492) murals that were recovered from a square kiva in the pueblo's south plaza. These murals represent one of the finest examples of pre-contact Native American art to be found anywhere in North America. Fourteen of the restored murals are displayed in Coronado Historic Site's visitor center.
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  • The signage for this site is modest--so be alert. The restoration dates from the 1930s, with a completed kiva that one can climb on to the roof and down the ladder to the interior. The visitor center ...  more »
  • The historical significance of the monument will reveal to the visitor how the indigenous people accepted the Spaniards with the hospitality that was unexpected.Horses and livestock that had never bee...  more »
  • This site was an early Kuaua Indian site which has been excavated in the 1930s. The site has been protected and constructed to give you a sense of the original community. There are Kuaua murals which ...  more »
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  • Loved this place, filled with history and the Ranger was helpful and seemed really excited to be there taking care of history. The trail is handicap accessible. We could not go in the Kiva but it was still worth walking around and reading the information.
  • Very nice historical location that helps you learn more about the people and culture of the area.
  • it is a very interesting place to do a historical tour and have a picnic near there Rio Grande River.
  • The views and ruins are very nice. The highlight of this site is the reconstructed Kiva.
  • Our family (2 adults, 13 yo, and an 11 yo) had a great experience! The museum is very hands on - our kids enjoyed trying on the armor, grinding corn, picking up the animal pelts, and (most of all) playing with the musket, sword and crossbow. The two rangers on staff were extremely helpful and informative (especially Ethan). The setting is amazing - awesome views of the river and mountains beyond. It would be an easy thing to pick up lunch in nearby Bernalillo and bring it out for a picnic.