The Friends support both
the Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. 

Coronado is open Wednesday  through Monday. 

Jemez is open Wednesday through Sunday,

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Friends Welcome you!  Visit the Coronado Historic Site or the Jemez Site to enjoy and learn from each area and, as a Friend, participate at no cost in hikes, trips, lectures, and have the opportunity to join us in other activities.  Become a Friend by simply sending us your contact information HERE and letting us know your interests.  We have lots to do!



Native Arts Under the Portal
October 1 - 3 & 5 - 9 

Come with your families and guests to this new and exciting week-long event at the Coronado site during Balloon Fiesta!        Find out more! 

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Art and culture still practiced by the descendants of the people who lived at Kuaua and throughout New Mexico at the time of the Spanish Entrada will be under the portal at Coronado Historic Site. 

Ten different artists will show their work each day, some will provide demos.  The show is open every day, except for Tuesday when the site is closed. 

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In addition to the art, there's a dance group scheduled, musicians, a Native American comedian, food trucks, music, and places to have a picnic-style lunch!  See what's happening each day!

It's free -- but entering the site itself will cost the usual fee.   Don't miss this great new event!



4th Sunday Lecture - October 23, 2022
Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo.  Masking is your choice.
Deirdre Kann:  One Year is not Like the Other, Climate Variability and Extremes in the Rio Grande Valley

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Deirdre Kann

Climate variability describes how meteorological parameters such as temperature and precipitation vary from year to year and decade to decade. This presentation will focus on the climate variability of the Rio Grande Valley and New Mexico including details on how climate variability is measured, the climate record and observed extremes and trends.  Additionally, we will discuss how the weather in the Rio Grande Valley is influenced by climate variability factors and the extent to which we can forecast variability.  

There will be time after her presentation for questions and also to meet and talk with others who have attended the lecture.


Deirdre Kann earned a BS in mathematics and a PhD in atmospheric sciences from Purdue University. She worked for various agencies within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for 30 years, including 23 years as the Science & Operations Officer at the Albuquerque National Weather Service. Now retired, Deirdre enjoys public speaking and outreach activities focused on various topics in weather and climate.

Being Planned for October 29
A morning field trip to the Jaral Pueblo and Jaral Old Ranger Station in the Sandia Foothills is tentatively planned for October 29.  More coming soon.  Save the date.


At Coronado --

Docent-led group tours of the painted kiva are scheduled Thursday - Sunday at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.  Each tour is limited to 8 people and may be canceled without notice due to staff shortages or changes to public health orders.  

Brown Bag Lunches - usually scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at the Coronado Historic Site will resume later this year.



To use our online trail map, click:  HERE so you can enjoy our Interpretive Trails as part of your visit.  You'll notice some trail improvements, new construction, and a new picnic area on the River Walk Loop as you explore.  This work is part of the site's ongoing improvement and expansion plans.

Volunteers always welcome: Ongoing tasks are always available.  Check at the Front Desk at the Visitors' Center.



Coronado Historic Site was the first state archaeological site to open to the public.  Although it is named for Vasquez de Coronado, who camped in the vicinity in 1540–1542, the site is of Kuaua Pueblo which was one of several Tiwa-speaking pueblos in the area when the conquistador Vasquez de Coronado arrived.  The village was almost certainly abandoned due to Coronado and the after effects of the Tiguex War (February 1541).  


Visitors can enjoy and learn from the site, especially the mural room which features one of the finest examples of pre-contact Native American art to be found anywhere in North America.  Docent tours will begin sometime in late summer.

Learn more about Coronado Historic Site.


Jemez Historic Site offers expanded self-guided tours of Giusewa Pueblo and San Jose Mission available via smart device using the QR code at the front desk. 

Learn more about Jemez Historic Site.



  Sun Father's Gift Shop  

   Open each day of the Native Arts Under the Portal event.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

  Located at the Coronado Historic Site  

Our gift shop carries a wide variety of items crafted by indigenous and local artisans.  Stop in and see us!

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NEW!  Three Sisters seeds for you to plant.  A wonderful souvenir of your visit.  Only $1.00