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“Hoped For More”

Coronado Historic Site
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 16, 2013

I was there on a winter weekday afternoon, alone as the sun started to cast long shadows across the terrain. Sandia Crest, covered in a fresh dusting of snow, seemed mere inches from where I stood, and I envied the view that this pueblo viewed for generations. I walked about, as much as I could but there just wasn't much there, and the Visitor's Center was closed. It's a fine place to visit on a quiet, contemplative day.

Thank Lyn O
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

From the generic suburban street, this didn't look like much. There was a nice exhibit space and lots to look at outdoors. It seems that much of what is here is a reconstruction except for the beautiful frescoes.

Thank Melish88
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Always interesting to see where people built before shopping and schools became a consideration. This is one of the most beautiful spots on the Rio Grande, excavated in the early days of archaeology, the site includes a Kiva with mural paintings. Fascinating

Thank MOIFA
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Very beautiful near the river, with most historical petroclifs in keva. The guided tour is most explitive of that era. The dwellings are beautiful, and full herbs and native plants

Thank Berenice G
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

A visit to this State Monument was a wonderful experience for us because of our docent, Brian. He gave us a solo tour of the painted kiva. His passion was evident, and going down the ladder into the kiva was a trip back in time.

I recommend a visit to the murals first. A short tour of the info boards and display in the main building can give a basic history lesson to young visitors, and is important for generating a real appreciation of the site.

The murals are the only of its kind available for public view. The painted kiva is a reproduction of what was found by archaeologists in the 1930's. It was reproduced by a native artist who was ostracized by his clan for "sharing too much".

The fee is nominal, and the volunteers/park staff deserve kudos. We met another volunteer on our walk to the Rio Grande (beautiful) who was cutting branches of cottonwood? which was used as roof thatch. The gift shop is also run by volunteers.

The one thing we think could be easily added is food & drink. A single cooler with small selection of drinks, fruit, sandwiches would be enough. There are picnic areas that lend itself to relaxing and taking in the view of the river, and surrounding area. That being said, pack a lunch and hang out.

3  Thank HulaSueR
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