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ConquistadorCoronado State Monument is located off US Highway 550, just west of Bernalillo and the Rio Grande. It is named for Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who is thought to have camped near this site with his soldiers between 1540 and 1542. Vasquez de Coronado was searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold.

The monument preserves the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo, which was inhabited by Tiwa-speaking farmers from about 1325 CE to about 1550 CE. Kuaua is a Tiwa word that means "evergreen." Today you can visit this historic site to learn more about both the history of indigenous Pueblo cultures and Vasquez de Coronado's entrada. An interpretive trail (1/4-mile long) winds through the ruins and leads to a reconstructed kiva (ceremonial chamber) that was excavated and rebuilt in 1938.
Archeologists working at this site during the 1930s discovered a series of kiva murals, which are considered some of the best examples of Pre-Columbian art ever found in North America. The Kuaua Murals were painted as frescoes over a period of about 75 years in the 15th Century. Fourteen of the original murals are displayed in a gallery in the John Gaw Meem-designed visitor's center. A video presents the history of the meeting of two great cultures, and exhibits in the museum explore past and present lifestyles of the Rio Grande valley. Sunfather's Gift Shop offers local arts and crafts at reasonable prices.

Please visit and enjoy our spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains. Walk our river trails or eat lunch at one of our ramada (shelters) overlooking the Rio Grande.


Open: Wednesday through Monday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Closed: Tuesdays
Closed: Tuesdays; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day; New Year's Day; Easter Sunday


Admissions Fee: $3 per adult; Children 16 and under, free
2-Day Pass, good for both Jemez and Coronado State Monument,
Sunday Residents-New Mexico residents, free (with ID) on Sundays
Wednesday Seniors-Senior New Mexico residents (over 60), free on Wednesdays


Coronado State Monument
485 Kuaua Road
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Telehone: (505) 867-5351
Facsimile: (505) 867-1733

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