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Coronado Historic Site, Bernalillo

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • These ruins are a little misleading. All the ruins you see are modern reconstructions on the original site of an Indian pueblo. There is a tiny museum, and then you take a tour of the small site. My g...  read more »
  • We walked around the grounds and read the signs. We did not take a guided tour or go inside the building. 
  • This is the third tie I have been to the site. I take the tour with Docent and then explore the area all over again. I love being able to walk to the river and envision being there 300 years in the pa...  read more »
  • The views and ruins are very nice. The highlight of this site is the reconstructed Kiva.
  • Very nice historical location that helps you learn more about the people and culture of the area.
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  • it is a very interesting place to do a historical tour and have a picnic near there Rio Grande River.
  • 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.
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