El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe

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#6 of 10 in Historic Sites in Santa Fe
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 app .
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  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas is an open air museum. They have a lot of festivals during the summer. If you want a great outdoor experience in a historical setting, you can spend hours roaming the trai...  more »
  • We come out here twice a year for the Civil War or Old West re-enactments, or for the Renaissance Faire. Fun, but can be very dusty in the parking lot.  more »
  • In season (June-September) there's no better place to experience Colonial Spanish life. Check out the weekend festivals.  more »
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  • If you're looking for something family and budget friendly, this is the place. They host great events all year long and there is plenty of places for little ones to explore. As a teacher, I appreciate the educational aspect of this place as well. The staff is always kind and knowledgeable. We are frequent visitors.
  • I've been here for a couple of festivals and the grounds are nice with clean restrooms, but the festivals themselves are usually disappointing. Admission is often higher than the event is worth. Today we are at the Santa Fe Harvest Festival. There were only about 10 artisan booths mostly selling the same stuff at fairly high prices. It's nice stuff though. The activities are entirely for children. So annoying. They wouldn't let me make a corn husk doll. 😣 So basically we drove 90 minutes to stand around with our fingers in our noses.
  • I don't think the museum coordinators could have put more thought and care into the facility. The grounds are fabulous and each piece of history and respective property tells such an incredible story, it's just mind blowing. To think people tilled the land in such primitive times of technology cannot be fathomed. A special piece of the experience are the staff , they all dress to era and everyone is so highly educated in their specific niche of history, I couldn't help but hang on their every syllable. I also got to learn abbot about the Pacheco involvement- my family name. I won't give it away, but it has to do with the property adjacent to where a miraculous mill is located and still working!! Pay a visit and learn the beautiful New Mexican history here.
  • Best place. I felt like I traveled back in time.
  • This is a working village and is awesome! You really get to see how people lived I the 1800's. It's a great little walk. I would love to go back for the festival's they have!
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