The town of Bernalillo was founded in 1695, during Don Diego De Vargas’ conquest—now, nearly 330 years later, it still has strong cultural traditions that continue to be celebrated today, making it one of New Mexico’s most notable towns.
Located 15 minutes north of Albuquerque or 30 minutes south of Santa Fe, the amazing sights of Bernalillo are not too far away. It’s also only a short drive from Rio Rancho and Jemez, making it a convenient stop for anyone passing through central New Mexico.
Here are a few reasons to visit Bernalillo, loved by locals and visitors alike!
Coronado Historic Site
Whether you’re wanting to spend time outdoors or enjoy learning about New Mexico's history—the Coronado Historic Site is a must! These ruins of an abandoned pueblo tell the tale of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, a traveler from Spain. At the time, the Kuaua Pueblo was occupied with over 1,200 people, but after conflict arose with Coronado and other Spanish settlers, the pueblo was abandoned and later excavated in the 1930s. Since then, the Coronado Historic Site has been a chamber of Native American and Spanish history, with several historic Puebloan and Spanish Colonial artifacts on exhibit as well as preserved murals, architecture, and more.
With breweries like Bosque, Kaktus, and Silva's Saloon or eateries such as Abuelita's or the Range Cafe, you’ll find that Bernalillo has many delicious drinks and bites to offer, and they’re all not too far. Looking for something to do? Events such as the Fiesta de San Lorenzo and the Bernalillo Indian Arts Festival are among the many traditions that highlight the multi-cultural character of the town. Other attractions to see are the Bernalillo Community Museum, the Martha Liebert Library, or plan on attending one of the many events held throughout the year, such as the Farm House Ale event, the Mountain West Brew Fest, or the Nighttime Christmas Parade.
Plan Your Trip to Bernalillo!
Get away with your family for the day or stay awhile—either way, there’s a lot of history, entertainment, and more to be discovered in Bernalillo—so be sure to plan your visit today!