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“Good overview and great location”

Coronado Historic Site
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good overview and great location”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

The monument is located right next to the Rio Grande and you can walk down to it from the site. The site itself includes two reconstructed buildings which you can enter. Docents are there to explain what you are seeing and are quite informative. There is also a small reconstruction of the village, a museum with artifacts, and an exhibit with original artwork taken from the kiva. Note that the reconstructed kiva you can enter must be entered by climbing up a stairway, then down a ladder into an enclosed area -- so those people with mobility or claustrophia issues would not want to try it. The gift shop is small.

Visited October 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Easy access to great history”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Coronado State Monument is right off of I-25 in Bernalillo and offers authentic, ancient, kiva ruins. You won't spend the day here, but maybe an hour and a half or so, so this is a good choice if you have kids with a short attention span. The entrance fee is a mere $3 and I learned a bunch about kiva structures, art and the history surrounding the people. Worth a visit if you're traveling through.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Karen_Mahon
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Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“A must see for history buffs”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

There is a room full of ancient murals that have been preserved and are really splendid. If you are interested in art and/or history of the Native peoples this is the place to go.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank sitesea
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Albuquerque, NM
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A perfect miniature of New Mexico”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Located about 15 miles/minutes north of Albuquerque, Coronado State Monument is a great "capsule view" of everything wonderful about this part of New Mexico. The monument includes the ruins of an Indian pueblo, where you can walk among the remains of the walls and see clearly the traditional apartment-house-with-central-courtyard layout. The ruins are narrated with signage. The highlight of the pueblo is a kiva (underground place of worship) that you can climb into (via a strudy, traditional wood ladder). This kiva contained unique painted murals: The originals are in the visitor center, and they have been reproduced in the kiva, so that you can experience them as they originally appeared.

In addition to the kiva, there are lovely trails and picnic areas along the Rio Grande, great views of the Sandia mountains, and a nice, small visitor center. Parking is abundant, and there are never crowds.

If I have visitors with limited time or patience (and especially with kids), this is the first place I send them. In a couple of hours, they can get a nice taste of New Mexico, without a long drive or a long hike.

Visited July 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A wonderful surprise - excellent presentation of ancient peublo art”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

We were not expecting much - it was one of the least things to see on our culture pass and we had a day to kill. It was a wonderful surprise. They have some of the original ancient wall paintings on display. You also are able to decend via ladder into the kiva where they were found and see recreations of the paintings in situ. The docent tour was excellent. The gift shop has great, well priced items. We really enjoyed our visit and highly recommend it.

Visited August 2012
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