In 1540, Spanish explorer Coronado, on a quest for The Cities of Gold, stopped at what is now Coronado State Monument.
One mile northwest of Bernalillo on Hwy 1, the ruins of the Pueblo of Kuaua feature a museum and gallery showcasing kiva paintings.
A self-guided trail meanders through the ruins, including a fully reconstructed kiva. One mile north of Jemez Springs on state
Hwy 4 is Jemez State Monument, the prehistoric site of the Pueblo of Giusewa featuring the early 17th century ruins of the mission
Church of San Jose de los Jemez. Visitors may wander through the excavated mission ruins and marvel at the construction
of six-to eight-foot thick walls. The remains of a bell tower stand sentry above nave walls.
In the Village of Corrales, visit Casa San Ysidro. The restored Spanish Colonial Hacienda was built in the 1870′s on property that
was a portion of the Township of Alameda Grant in 1704. The building is currently home to a collection of rare Hispanic New Mexican
artifacts. Just off Hwy. 44 between Bernalillo and Santa Ana Pueblo is the historic Delavy House. Maintained by the Sandoval County
Historical Society, the house contains more than 1,000 photographs depicting Sandoval County from 1880 to 1980 as well as village
histories and genealogical information.