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El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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Address: 334 Los Pinos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: 505 471 2261
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Description: This living history museum, located just south of Santa Fe, recreates...
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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¡Viva Mexico!

Was super excited to visit El Rancho for the ¡Viva Mexico! festival. What an awesome place. Some have suggested you call ahead on non-festival days just to make sure they are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Was super excited to visit El Rancho for the ¡Viva Mexico! festival. What an awesome place. Some have suggested you call ahead on non-festival days just to make sure they are open. Even if there hadn't been volunteers around, this is still a super cool place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. Cool buildings and beautiful walking paths.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A time capsule true Jewel of an historic Santa Fe rancho with water she'll, mills, artisanal areas & overflowing history. A MUST for families w children & highly recommended for all. You savor & enjoy while you lean about SW life - as it was back "then."

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. We so appreciate it. Yes, we make every effort to ensure that El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a family friendly venue with things to do and learn for both children and adults. Thanks so much for visiting, and we hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Two working water mills, working blacksmith forge,civil war actors, and many other period activities. All 4 kids had fun for 6 hours! I think on other days there may not be any activities.

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of our festival, Battlefields and Homefronts New Mexico: The Civil War and More. From May through October, El Rancho de las Golondrinas is host to a number of special festivals and celebrations including the Spring Festival and Fiber Arts Fair; the Herb and Lavender Fair; the Santa Fe Wine Festival; Viva Mexico Celebration;... More 

York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This living history museum is educational and fun. We enjoyed wandering through the rooms and were able to take our time. There were docents stationed around the property and they were uniformly friendly and knowledgeable. There were some artisans working and we talked with the baker, the spinner, and the weaver. There was bread and a green chile apple pie... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

We so appreciate your very positive review. Thank you! The founders of El Rancho de las Golondrinas always wanted it to be extremely affordable for everyone to visit. We are so pleased that you felt it was a bargain in education too! Baking in the horno is such a popular event that we now have classes to learn how to... More 

Turin, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas is a living history museum staffed entirely by volunteers, if I'm not mistaken. The original buildings date back to the 1700's and were a stop along the Camino Real or Royal Road, which ran from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The setting is beautiful and peaceful, about 15 minutes from the south end of Santa... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Yes we are almost entirely staffed by our wonderful, dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers without whom we could not exist. They give of themselves tirelessly and we are so very blessed to have them at our museum. Only a very small, paid staff is employed for management oversight. Thanks so much for visiting and for your great review! We sincerely appreciate it! More 

Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The people at the gift shop counter thanked us for visiting, following up with "you have to make an effort to get here, it's not on the way to anywhere." Actually, the place is just 20 minutes south of Santa Fe, and it was only 10 minutes from the RV park where we were staying. The number of people visiting... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

What a lovely review! Thank you so much. Yes, it is a good idea to call before you visit. We do rent out the site for weddings, receptions, baby showers, etc. We try to do this after regular visitor hours or on days when the museum is closed to the public (Mondays and Tuesdays) so that we do not inconvenience... More 

Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Difficult to find. Lovely place to visit. Nice gift shop. We have been visiting Santa Fe for many years and this was the first time we had heard of it.....Wish we had been there on a week end or when there was a planned activity. Would like to visit again.

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Kathryn C, Front Office Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

A hidden gem! We like that! Yes, we are a bit off the beaten path. But where else could we have 200+ acres for our visitors to explore? We are so glad you made the effort to find us and hope you will return again soon! We have festival weekends from May through October which you might enjoy. You are... More 

santa fe
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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Calll first. Closed for a private event. On a Saturday in July. Can you imagine? It didn't even look like an extravaganza. Anything for a buck these days I guess. Otherwise, a worthwhile visit based on past experience. They have quite a bit of grounds to keep up and not a lot of revenue, hence the money-grubbing. But I repeat.... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Yes it is always a good idea to call us first before coming out for a visit. We make every effort possible to schedule private events and film crews either before our museum is open in the morning; after it closes to the public at 4:00 P.M., or on the two days a week that we are closed to the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is our favorite thing to do in Santa Fe. We have gone when there is a festival and when there wasn't. Both times were great. Less crowded when there isn't one, but there are still people dressed up, ready to talk to you and teach you how to weave, make wool thread, etc... We can't wait to go back!... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

We are so happy to learn of your repeat visits to Las Golondrinas, the ranch of the swallows. We are always trying new things and adding new activities for the benefit of our visitors. It is wonderful to have your feedback on archery as we are trying to have the program more often due to visitor demand. Everyone, young and... More 

San Jose
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The ranch in which the Santa Fe wine festival is housed happens to be a museum. It is a beautiful piece of land that is nestled in the mountains just outside of the city limits. The ranch itself is nice and quaint, much like everything in Santa Fe. The festival was also exciting and brought many great vendors and wineries.... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

We are so glad to know that you enjoyed the Wine Festival. Every year it seems to get bigger and better! We love hosting it too! The wineries are wonderful to work with and it is a great way to get their wines out to the public for sampling. Thanks for coming out and please plan on visiting us again... More 

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Address: 334 Los Pinos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: 505 471 2261
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe

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