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El Rancho de las Golondrinas

334 Los Pinos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
505 471 2261
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Ranked #10 of 100 Activities in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Ranchs, Ranch & Farm
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Owner description: This living history museum, located just south of Santa Fe, recreates 18th-century ranch life. Guides, dressed in period clothing, show how people lived in early New Mexico.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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113 reviews 113 reviews
12 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The Harvest Festival is a great time to visit this living history museum that illustrates Spanish colonial life in New Mexico. Demonstrations, exhibits, performances and discussions of Spanish culture offer vivid history lessons in this large rancho south of Santa Fe. Grain mills powered by a waterwheel or a burro, blacksmithing, grape pressing for wine, a chapel, traditional music and... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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93 reviews 93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We stopped in there as we were heading to Santa Fe from Albuquerque. When we arrived we weren't sure it was even open since there were only 3 or 4 cars in a very large parking lot. Glad we did as at certain times of the year that lot can be full. With so few folks we had the luxury... More

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Bonney Lake, Washington
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132 reviews 132 reviews
54 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

When we entered the gates, it felt like a different world. We got a little snippet of what life in New Mexico was like in the 18th and 19th century on the same homestead. Multiple hands on activities for kids and adults, authentically dressed and knowledgeable guides, and original furnishings provided a very real experience. We also enjoyed the well... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Traveling from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, I took my lead from trip advisor reviews and stopped at El Rancho for a few hours. What an amazing place. Although the day was warm, and because we where visiting on a weekday, things were rather quiet and we saw only a few people exploring the grounds so our experience was probably an... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This living history museum just minutes out of Santa Fe is such a worthwhile visit. The knowledgable volunteers throughout the site share their insight and stories, demonstrating the way life was lived on this ranch in the 18th and 19th centuries. Truly a gem and a must see!

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Arvada, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Seeing what it was like to have lived here a 100 years ago was a real eye opener. I don't think most people appreciate the technology advances that have occurred in just the last 50 years. This ranch really helps you understand what our ancestors had to endure.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The rancho is absolutely worth finding on a side road at La Cienega south of Santa Fe. The 200 plus acre grounds house a museum, shop, and many historical buildings dating from the early 1700s when the rancho was the first stop, a day's walk to-or-from Santa Fe on the Camino Real. Skilled volunteers are present to give guided tours... More

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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Highlight of our trip to Santa Fe. The historic buildings are very interesting and well preserved. The staff was well informed and very helpful when explaining the history of the ranch.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you are visiting Santa Fe and find that you have about 4-5 hours during the day this is an ideal place to visit. It is about 20 min from downtown. It is a great way to experience how it was like to live in Santa Fe. It is very educational with some great views.

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Taos, New Mexico
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70 reviews 70 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

As an avid student of New Mexico history this is a wonderful find. It IS far off the beaten track, and hot in summer, so bring cold drinks and snacks. It is set on a large property and has great historical details. Admission is very reasonable at $6 a person and includes a tour. The museum is run by many... More

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