Discover the Coronado Historic Site


Coronado Historic Site offers visitors an opportunity to explore a first contact archaeological site, similar to Jamestown, Virginia (1607), or Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620), but decades older.  In 1540, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado encountered the Tiwa people of Kuaua village.   Here, you can see  500-year-old Kuaua murals and join a docent-led tour of the painted kiva, providing a glimpse into the religious life of the Tiwa people, which is shrouded in secrecy even today. A museum and nature trails are also available.  Kiva tours are offered at the top of each hour between 10am and 3pm.

Coronado Historic Site is located at 485 Kuaua Road in Bernalillo, New Mexico. It is open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesdays) between 8:30 AM and 5 PM. The site charges $5 per adult admission. A joint pass to both Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites is available for $7. The site is free to New Mexico residents the first Sunday of every month and New Mexico seniors (60+) every Wednesday. For more information: 505-867-5351 or;


Camping facilities with shelters, tent sites, and RV hook-ups are located adjacent to the Historic Site. Restaurants, shopping, and other recreational activities are conveniently located nearby. The campgrounds are managed by the Town of Bernalillo and can be contacted by phone Monday- Friday 8a.m. to 5p.m. (505)-980-8256. Or you can CLICK HERE for more information.


Coronado Historic Site is located in Bernalillo on U.S. Highway 550 about 17 miles north of Albuquerque, one mile west of I-25, Exit 242. Established March 7, 1935, Coronado Historic Site is one of six state heritage sites administered by New Mexico Historic Sites, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. CLICK HERE for information about the other Historic Sites.

Coronado Historic Site

485 Kuaua Road

Bernalillo, New Mexico 87004

Main Desk:  505-867-5351

To arrange a school trip:  505-771-9031

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