New Mexico Vacation Guide 2013

So Close So Intriguing, So Sandoval

So Close So Intriguing, So Sandoval

 Photo in the New Mexico Vacation Guide 2013  taken by Evangeline Chavez  for Sandoval County Tourism at the Coronado State Monument.

Coronado State Monument is located off US Highway 550, just west of Bernalillo and the Rio Grande.  It is named for Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who is thought to have camped near this site with his soldiers between 1540 and 1542.  Vasquez de Coronado was searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold.

The monument preserves the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo, which was inhabited by Tiwa-speaking farmers from about 1325 CE to about 1550 CE.  Kuaua is a Tiwa word that means “evergreen.”  Today you can visit this historic site to learn more about both the history of indigenous Pueblo cultures and Vasquez de Coronado’s entrada.  An interpretive trail (1/4-mile long) winds through the ruins and leads to a reconstructed kiva (ceremonial chamber) that was excavated and rebuilt in 1938.

~ by Evangeline Art Photography on December 10, 2012.

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