I'm too early to go into the rally field for the balloon fiesta, so I stayed a few miles north for a couple of days to enjoy a few things. I lucked out to get what I consider the best site in the park with water and electric (no site has sewer) and could face the Sandia Mountains instead of other campsites!
While here, I visited the Coronado State Monument and saw ruins of the Kuaua Pueblo (name is not just for the Indians, but their town - each pueblo has its own name). The new and interesting things about this Monument are that some of the walls of the town were covered over with adobe bricks to preserve the real thing yet let us see what they looked like, and that original murals in the kivas were found and in very good condition. The excavations were done in the 1930s hoping to prove that Coronado stayed here during his travels. The murals were moved from the excavated kiva in 3 foot blocks to a humidity-controlled lab at the University of New Mexico. Then, each mural was preserved on pieces of pressboard. Some of the murals are on display here, while others are in the Museum of New Mexico, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Laboratory of Anthropology. Of course, I wasn't allowed to take pictures in that room, even without a flash, so you just have to come to see them for yourself!