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Coronado Historic Site

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Address: 485 Kuana Rd., Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone Number: (505) 867-5351
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Coronado State Monument – (20 minutes north of Albuquerque). “This is the first contact site, similar to Jamestown, Virginia (1607) or Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620), but dating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Coronado State Monument – (20 minutes north of Albuquerque). “This is the first contact site, similar to Jamestown, Virginia (1607) or Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620), but dating to 1540. Coronado Historic Site strives to tell the story of the first contact between Europeans and Native Americans, specifically the Spanish and the Tiwa, in this region of North America. To visit here... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the ONLY place where you can see wall paintings as they really are. A remarkable site which is made all the better by the passionate and well informed guide who accompanies you down into the kiva - there you see a reproduction of the murals to help make sense of the real thing which are presented in an... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We have seen 7 Ruin's while travelling through N.M. this month but this one is unique because, with the guide, you can actually enter the restored Kiva. He enthusiastically and respectfully shared the historical and current spiritual values of the Kiva and it's Art. Back at the Tourist Centre, we viewed the 500 year old original Kuaua murals, he explained... More 

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Kalispell, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 585 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Just north of Bernalillo, this State Historic Site is certainly worth a visit. They have begun to reconstruct the pueblo ruins atop the original which is below the reconstruction. There is a nice circular walk through the ruins and the kiva there is the main attraction. It is not for anyone with a handicap to enter or anyone with claustrophobia!... More 

1 Thank MaryEllenM27
Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Highly recommend this hidden treasure of an attraction. Very good tour and explanation of the history of the Kuaua Pueblo ruins. Excellent guide knows much about the history. Great artifacts that can't be seen anywhere else in the world. Very interesting. Great piece of history. Don't miss it. A must see!

1 Thank Dyanne K
Wilmington, North Carolina
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51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is the site of an ancient pueblo that was excavated in the 1930s. The highlight is a restored underground kiva that contains wall paintings reproduced by a native artist from originals found on site. You can tour the kiva with a guide who explains the history and the meaning of the kiva paintings. This is an opportunity to really... More 

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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

If you go to just one pueblo site in New Mexico, go see this one. This place is called the Coronado site because it was excavated to see if Coronado had stayed there and in the process they found this wonderful pueblo site. The most amazing part about it is the painted kiva, which is probably the only one in... More 

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Bernalillo, New Mexico
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I really enjoyed this site. There is a restored kiva with a kiva ladder to climb down into. This kiva had original paintings, and the paintings have been moved to an adjacent museum. The site is very picturesque and is right on the Rio Grande river.

1 Thank Diana C
Leavenworth, Kansas
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This site has a wealth of information about the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico from before the arrival of the Spanish on to the middle of the 17th century. At its height it was the site of a substantial village on the banks of the Rio Grande, although it was later abandoned under European pressure. The site includes an unusual... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This NM State Monument is just outside of Bernalillo off I-25 only 10 miles north of Aluquerque. It is an active archaeological site of a previously occupied pueblo that was abandoned shortly after the first Spanish expeditions. The most unusual feature is the colorful mural in the partially underground kiva. Admission to the kiva is with a park ranger who... More 

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