We stumbled on this State Monument and decided to pull in at the last minute. While the "ruins" are interesting, the stunner is the small museum with the kiva murals that are over 600 years old and were taken from a square kiva excavated in the Kuaua pueblo. These murals are considered the finest example of pre-contact (before Columbus) art to be found in the United States.
We understood that the actual ruins were buried after they had been excavated and studied and what is in place now is a faithful representation of what was found. The outside area, along the Rio Grande River, is lovely and there are picnic tables and restroom facilities as well as the obligatory gift shop. This is very definitely worth a few hours visit.
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