Coronado Visitor Center Open All Year 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Closed Christmas day. Buses and RVs should park in the picnic area.
As a Memorial, there are few tangible artifacts or relics of Coronado's expedition within the park. Cultural interpretation is based on appropriate displays such as paintings depicting the expedition, authentic armor and weaponry, crafts, and interpretive text explaining the importance of the Spanish impact on the cultures of the region. There is a nine-minute video on the history of the expedition, as well as, a hands-on display of 16th century clothing and armor for visitors to try on. Photographs of birds and native wildlife adorn the walls at the rear of the visitor center. A 14-foot picture window provides visitors with a wonderful opportunity to view and photograph the flora and fauna in a relaxed atmosphere.
Interpretive books, guides, and maps are available through the Western National Parks Association bookstore in the visitor center.
Did You Know?
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado was born in 1510 in Salamanca Spain. He was only 30 years old when he began his expedition into what is now the American Southwest. His expedition was considered a failure and he died in obscurity in 1554.