Coronado Historic Site, Bernalillo

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Coronado is an archaeological site in New Mexico that is part of the State-governed Museum of New Mexico system. It is located along New Mexico Highway 550, 1 mile west of Bernalillo and 16 miles north of Albuquerque.HistoryCoronado was the first state archaeological site to open to the public. It 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. Although it is named for Vasquez de Coronado, who camped in the vicinity in 1540–1542, it is most noted for the ruins of Kuaua pueblo (Tiwa for "Evergeen"). 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 from 1934-1939 by an archaeological team led by Edgar Lee Hewett and Marjorie F. Tichy (later 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-1541) 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.
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  • On our way through Albuquerque, NM to Durango, CO we passed by the Coronado Historic Site and had to stop in, best decision!! The history of this place is very fascinating! And the guided tour is even...  more »
  • We decided to visit on spur of the moment. The museum was interesting but our guide, Sheri brought the history of the place to like. Seeing the old paintings from the Kivas was awe inspiring. Gaining ...  more »
  • How many times have I been to Coronado Monument? Countless, spanning 28 years, and it is still such a joy. This time we had a very nice docent tour that lasted about 30 minutes and was well worth the ...  more »
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  • I was so impressed with this site! The rangers here have so much knowledge of the site and history, and they are extremely friendly! You can get your passport books stamped here! There is a video, the actual paintings, and then a little tour outside showing you the homes they lived in as well as a kiva! There is also a pretty awesome computer station in the visitor’s center for kids to learn about the Pueblo!
  • Nice display of preserved drawings removed from the kiva in the 1930s. Everything is reconstructed since the original Adobe "melted" in the elements over the years. Even the original reconstruction from the late 30s is gone with only a few dirt lumps to mark that effort. The hourly guided tour was excellent.
  • Its So chill the manager is strict on his rules and regulations yet so kind its what keeps this historic campground and its comfortableness. The best thing about it is there's a park for our children to play and its very clean. The ruins are a plus trails lead from rv's to site!
  • The experience was great. I took my girls and they enjoyed the activities, and exploring. It is small but very cultured. The woman working was wonderful to talk to we learned a lot from her and the volunteer working.
  • Very nice place, actual 500 year old kiva paintings on display. Nice recreated kiva on site.
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