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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!

The Visitors Center at Coronado is CLOSED for maintenance!  Docent tours are still available at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday and begin at the mural room.  Call 505-525-1340 for further information.  The site fee will  be waived during this inconvenience.


March 18, 2023  - "Devil's Claw" Workshop

Note new date!!  The Devil's Claw Workshop has been moved to from Feb. 25th to March 18.

Beth Main, instructor, will lead an interesting craft challenge, a "devil’s claw" workshop.  You will create a feathered bird from a claw and feathers, or “from Beast (claw) to Beauty (feathered bird)”. 

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The workshop is part of the Historic Site’s “Great Backyard Bird Count”/birding month.   
To register, email your name and contact information to Beth at membershipfchs@gmail.comFee will be $10.

NOTE:  Tours and workshops are available to members only.  Click Join if you'd like to become a member.



The Friends of Coronado Historic Site invite you to our monthly
"4th Sunday Lecture", 2 p.m., Bernalillo Town Hall

March 26, 2023 -Jim Eckles presents: 
"100 Tons of Gold or 100 Tall Tales"

What ever happened to that 100 tons of gold and other treasure hidden in Victoria Peak on White Sands Missile Range? 
Was there really more gold in Victoria Peak than in Fort Knox? 
Did Vice-President Johnson fly a helicopter to the site and sneak off with the booty? 

Jim Eckles will relate some of the peak's history and answer these and other questions about the legendary lucre of Victorio Peak in his lecture and illustrations.

Eckles worked in the Public Affairs Office at White Sands from 1977 to 2007.  He just missed the gold search in early 1977 when Dan Rather was there for “60 Minutes,” but was there for the multi-year effort in the 1990s.  He as been inside the peak, kicked rocks up and down its exterior, and listened to multitudes of stories and anecdotes about it.  He says it was an interesting break from the typical bureaucratic work he faced piloting his desk in Public Affairs. Also, Eckles has written extensively about the missile range and the Trinity Site. He has two books out on those topics and frequently lectures about them.

Location:  Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino Del Pueblo. Bernalillo, NM 87004
Masks:  Optional
Refreshments:  Will be served

Attention:  Board Members, Volunteers & Docents - Docent Academy is Tuesday, March 21 at Coronado Historic Site, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Please send Annie ( a confirmation of your registration!


Spring Programs at the Historic Sites

-- At Coronado --

-- At Jemez --


Enjoy one or more of our weekly and monthly activities. These brief descriptions include days and times, contact information if needed, plus what's involved.   Note that one Jemez activity does not start until May.


Weekly: Thursday thru Sunday - Available Year-Round - Docent 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.  

Monthly, starting in March

First Sundays - Dawn to Dusk - The site will be open for extended hours to enjoy sunrises, sunsets, birding, photography, walking, meditating, or just relaxing  - free for New Mexico residents.  Contact Ranger Jessica Tharp:

2nd Saturdays - Gardening for all ages over 12 - with Ranger Anthony.  Learn about gardening as part of Pueblo life while you help out with planting, weeding and harvesting.  Contact Ranger Eldon Vita:

Volunteer & Docent Training - 3rd Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - learn history, current research, acquire new skills.  Contact Ranger Annie Compagna at

Weekly:  Wednesday through Sunday - Available Year-Round - Self-Guided Tours of Giusewa Pueblo and San Jose Mission are available via smart device using the QR code at the front desk of the Visitors' Center.

Monthly, starting in March

Second Sundays - Explore Pueblo life through related hands-on activities; cooking, dancing, art demonstrations, and visiting with local artists while learning some of the history of Guisewa.

Last Sundays - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - A closer look at Jemez. Younger visitors and those young at heart will enjoy a closer look at the site's landscape, history, environment and lifeways.  

Monthly, starting in May

3rd Sundays - 11 a.m. - Ancient and Modern Astronomers.  How the ancients interpreted the day and night sky and how this information relates to modern astronomy.  A telescope will be available.

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We feature jewelry and crafts that are made by indigenous and local artisans. Profits from sales are used to help the historic sites with preservation and education.

Find out more!


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