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!

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Special Invitation to FCHS Members to View the Matachines Dance August 10

Twenty members of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site are invited to a special viewing location of the dances in Bernalillo to be held August 10 at 3:00 pm.


Members of FCHS must be active and sign up to attend.  Email friendsofCHS@comcast.net  Sign up now!


Following signing up, the 20 members of FCHS will be given detailed instructions on where they will view the dances. They should bring folding chairs and hats, sunscreen, dark glasses, snacks, and water. The dances take one to two hours.

Please no photographs

Pueblo Independence Day at Jemez Historic Site

Sunday August 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After a two-year hiatus in which New Mexico Historic Sites’ events transitioned to a virtual platform, Jemez Historic Site is delighted to announce the return of in-person events at the site!


Pueblo Independence Day event commemorates the 1680 revolt when the Pueblo people of New Mexico launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization with the help of Apache and Navajo allies.  This successful revolt saw the retreat of the Spanish to modern-day El Paso, Texas and lasted twelve years until colonization efforts by the Spanish resumed.  Today Pueblo Independence Day is celebrated to recognize Pueblo people’s cultural traditions, lands, languages, religions, and sovereignty.

Independence Day starts with a 13 mile foot race from the pueblo to the historic site.  Eight dances will be held throughout the day and 30 art and craft vendors will be there for visitors to enjoy.

Parking:   Across the street from the Historic Site - carpooling is recommended

Cost:   FREE

Food/Water:   One food vendor, so bring water/snacks as needed.



Brown Bag Lunch - usually scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at the Coronado Historic Site has been cancelled for August


4th Sunday Lecture Series, sponsored  by the Friends, is taking a summer break.  The first of the fall series will be on September 25.  Watch here for news.


At Coronado --



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 Thursday - Sunday
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. 

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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.  


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.

At Jemez --

 Pueblo Independence Day is taking place on Sunday, August 14.  See above.