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El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe

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History Museum Ranch
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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  • My wife and I recently attended this festival at Las Golondrinas, and it was a delight all around. The Ranch's excellent and friendly staff, the guest speakers --who discussed ancient New Mexican food...  more »
  • A wonderful "touching hands with the past" experience with docents in period costumes talking and demonstrating life and survival skills of early New Mexico. When we attended they had a food festival ...  more »
  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas (Swallows) is south of Santa Fe. Dating from the early 1700s, the ranch was an important stopping point along El Camino Real from Mexico City. It's now a living history mu...  more »
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  • Wine festival is awesome. Going to go back tomorrow. The history behind the ranch is amazing. The volunteers are absolutely wonderful dressed in period clothing doing chores. They will put you to work carding wool or spinning yarn while bread bakes in horno ovens. General store, school house, mountain village, blacksmiths, carpenter, hide tannery, sorghum press and two types of mills that actually work.
  • We visited Rancho de las Golondrinas during their Herb and Lavender festival yesterday. There were lots of vendors selling goods made with lavender, including soaps, honey, tea, and more. The sandwiches and salads we ordered onsite from "two sprout farm" were FANTASTIC. It was very interesting walking around and seeing the historical buildings and how people used to live. Reenactors showed and explained to us how they used looms. It was especially cool to see the blacksmith making nails, and he let kids keep them nails he made as souvenirs. We didn't make it to the back half of the property (because we did a big hike in the morning), but if I lived in New Mexico, I would definitely visit again!
  • Lovely place to visit. Lots of history. We were there for the Lavender Festival. Many vendors with wonderful products made with Lavender. Music and great food.
  • Very nice facility. It is a museum and open grounds. Nice gift shop. Can be hot in the summer.
  • 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 are 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.

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