"Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo NM" Coronado State Monument Historical Marker by MarkJochim

Coronado State Monument is named after Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the leader of the first organized Spanish expedition into the Southwest, from 1540 to 1542.

The prehistoric Kuaua Pueblo, on a bluff overlooking the Rio Grande, is believed to have been the headquarters of Coronado and his army, who were caught unprepared by severe winter weather during their search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold.

The monument has a museum in a restored kiva, with copies of magnificent frescoes done in black, yellow, red, blue, green, and white. The frescoes depict fertility rites, rain dances, and hunting rituals. The original artworks are preserved in the small visitor center.

Adjacent to the monument is Coronado State Park, which has campsites and picnic grounds, both are open year-round.

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