Coronado visited Acoma in 1540 and described the city as “one of the strongest ever seen because the city was built on a high rock. The ascent was so difficult the we repented climbing to the top.” This beautiful New Mexico pueblo is often described as the “Sky City.”
A mission was built in 1629 under the direction of Friar Juan Ramirez. He gained entry to Acoma when he saved an infant from a fall off the edge as he approached the mesa. His safe delivery of the child back to the mother was considered a miracle.