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El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe

Categories: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Discover the lifestyle of 18th-century Spanish colonial ranchers with a visit toEl Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum. Attired in period clothing, the guides take visitors through the process of making flour, creating tools, and shoeing horses. The ranch is also home to an acequia system--an irrigation ditch complex. Tour the reconstructed colonial buildings or come for one of the annual festivals, offering visitors insight into traditional Mexican and Spanish culture. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to El Rancho de las Golondrinas by using our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker.
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  • Check the schedule on the website before you go. Apparently they are only open during certain times of the year. We drove out of our way to go here only to discover they were only open until September...  read more »
  • We visited here with friends as one of them volunteers here. Such a great look at the past of this wonderful part of the country. 
  • We loved our visit to this ranch. The volunteers were incredibily friendly and knowledgeable,the demos were fun and educational and the hands-on activities rounded out the whole experience. We went on...  read more »
  • Step back in time at this wonderfully preserved historic site. There are 200 acres to explore amidst towering cottonwood trees, living ponds, and a 200 year old flowing acequia. The many historic buildings transport you to a time long ago.
  • A great looking area. I've visited the annual wine festival, renaissance fair. Both were amazing. The admission price is usually very fair, anywhere from 10 to 15 dollars. There are many vendors that sell local food, jewelry, and merchandise. The only downside is the fine dust parking lot. Don't bother washing your vehicle before attending.
  • Wonderful setting in the desert and a 'living' museum of Indian lifestyle, buildings and crafts. Definitely worth a visit around sunset.
  • Just stopped in to see what the place was about. They have obvious pride in the history of the site, and it's well maintained. We'll be back for a full tour.
  • Nothing captures the beauty of autumn in northern New Mexico better than the Harvest Festival at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, one of the most beautiful and historic spots in New Mexico, where visitors can get a feel for what life was like along the Camino Real 150 years ago. Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, or just out for a wonderful family outing, a summer or fall day at Las Golondrinas can't be beat. Highly recommended!
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