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Coronado State Monument

Address: 485 Kuana Rd., Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone Number: (505) 867-5351
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Bernalillo
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Wonderful recreation of parts of this seminal Puebloan settlement. The kiva is fascinating. Guides are informative and well versed. Gift shop is great too. Come early in the evening before sunset close to Christmas for dancing and luminarias.

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Palm Desert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Arrive in time for a guided tour of restored Kiva. Actually attend the annual cultural days event which was Saturday, October l8, 2014. They had booths set up. A pit was uncovered where pottery had been fired in the traditional way. On Friday we saw the pit under construction, then the pottery added and preparations for firing it. Finally, pit... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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75 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This site records the first contact between Spanish explorer Coronado and native people who still used kivas in their village. Wall art from a kiva has been conserved and some of is on display in the visitor center. We were struck by the stylized figures and the beautiful symbolism in the art. It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see evidence of... More

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Stuart, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Small site in the Bernallilo/Albuquerque area that can be toured in an hour or so. Small museum and some nice reconstruction work on the property.

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Bernalillo, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This archeological site has a restored kiva you can climb down into, and the small museum has some of the authentic wall paintings from the kiva.

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Vail, Colorado
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Interpretive trails and picnic tables along the Rio Grand river. Great views of the river and Sandia Mtns. Historic Pueblo paintings preserved in a room (no cameras allowed). Ancient Pueblo ruins that were 'recreated' in the 1930s are worth looking at, including a kiva, but remember what you are seeing isn't 100% the real thing. Much of it was rebuilt... More

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Shawnee, Kansas, United States
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27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Why they would name these very interesting Indian ruins after a Spaniard is beside me. Undoubtedly the oldest example of American Indian art you can see in the US. Great rangers that toured us. Can't beat the price. Worth the short trip out to this site for sure

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We had wanted to visit this site last year but the rain kept us away but were delighted that we returned to do so this year. It is fascinating and shows that the US did have a people and culture long before those from Europe arrived. Do though pay your $6 and take the tour which allows you to go... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Got to go down into an ancient pueblo kiva and saw reproduced drawings on the walls. The on location museum had some original drawings and a docent gave us the story behind each. Fascinating! Photos were not allowed of the reproductions or the original drawings. The place also had a small gift shop. The monument is very easy to get... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were able to see original drawings from an ancestral puebloan kiva. We like to stop and really spend time looking. We were not allowed to be alone with the pictures and I found the docent kind of intrusive. We were then able to go to a reproduction of the original kiva. It was fascinating and not to be missed... More

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