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Coronado State Monument
The 14th century Indian Village of Kuaua (Evergreen) is located 1 mile west of Bernalillo on NM550.  In 1540, the Spanish explorer Don Francisco Vasquez Coronado and company arrived at Kuaua. There is a Visitors’ Center, Museum, ruins and a restored Kiva mural.

Jemez State Monument
About 600 years ago the ancestors of the Jemez people constructed villages in this area.  One was the Pueblo of Guiseus. The Spanish established a mission there in the early 1620’s.  There is a Visitors’ Center with exhibits and the ruins of the village and church of San Jose de los Jemez.  To get to the monument take NM 550 north from Bernalillo to San Ysidro, turn right onto NM 4 to the village of Jemez Springs.  The monument is located about 1 mile north of the village.

Sandia Crest
Drive the northern route to Sandia Crest.  From Ranchos de Placitas, take NM 165 east through the Village of Placitas and onto the unimproved road of Las Huertas Canyon.  About 2.5 miles from the start lies the path to “Sandia Man Cave”. Continuing on for another 2.5 miles, the road intersects paved road NM 536.  A left turn driving east takes you to the Sandia Ski area, a right turn continues upward to the Crest.  At 10,678 feet, a mile above the valley there is an expansive view to the west, north and south.  A tourist rest area provides telescopes, a snack bar & shop.

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