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Coronado Historic Site

Plan Your Visit

Hours and Days of Operations: 

Open 8:30am - 5pm Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays.

Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Access to the Painted Kiva is by guided tour only. Tours are offered on the hour starting at 10:00AM. Last tour begins at 3:00PM.

Groups of 20 or more are encouraged to schedule a tour at least two weeks in advance by calling 505-867-5351 or emailing Adrienne Boggs (

Admission Prices:

    General Admission is $5.
    NM residents are admitted free of charge on the first Sunday of each month.
    Children 16 and under are always admitted free of charge.
    New Mexico Seniors with ID are admitted free of charge on Wednesdays.
    New Mexico foster parents and foster children are admitted free of charge.
    A combination ticket, good for admission to both Jémez and Coronado Historic Sites is available for $7.

Bernalillo, NM. Off US Highway 550 on Kuaua Road, 2 miles west of I-25 Exit 242.

From Interstate-25, take Exit 242 then continue until taking a right on Kuaua Road / Coronado Historic Site.

Visiting Etiquette:
Enjoy your visit. Take nothing but memories. Leave nothing but footprints.

Covered picnic area/view sites overlooking Rio Grande

Wheelchair accessible.

Sun Father's Gift Shop (souveniers, snacks, jewlery, Southwestern art)

Photo Policy:
No photos of the orginal Kuaua Murals or interior of the Painted Kiva. Professional photography by prior written permission only.

Nearby Attractions:
From Coronado Historic Site continue on US Highway 550 northwest twenty miles to junction with Highway 4, then north on Highway 4 to Jemez Pueblo, and onto Jemez Springs and Jemez Historic Site.  Continue on Highway 4 north to Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, and Los Alamos National Labs and Museum, before heading east back to Highway 84/285 to Espanola or Santa Fe.

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