Discover Coronado Historic Site


Coronado Historic Site is an archaeological site of first contact, similar to Jamestown, Virginia (1607), or Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620), but decades older.  In 1540, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado encountered the Tiwa people of this adobe pueblo.   Here, you can see  500-year-old murals and join a docent-led tour of a painted kiva, providing a glimpse into the religious life of Tiwa people. A museum and nature trails enhance your visit.  Docent-led tours are offered at the top of each hour from 10am to 3pm.

Coronado Historic Site is located on the north side of highway 550 a little west of the Rio Grande (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 campground is 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 north of U.S. Highway 550 about 17 miles north of Albuquerque, one mile west of I-25, Exit 242.

Established on March 7, 1935, Coronado Historic Site is one of six state heritage sites administered by the 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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