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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 #11 of 78 Activities in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Ranchs
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... more » 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. « less
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 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
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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
57 helpful votes 57 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
5 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

In the early 1700's, when Santa Fe was the most northerly community in New Spain, this 200-acre ranch served as a stopping place along the Camino Real, the Royal Road to Mexico City. It also functioned as a self-sufficient rancho, raising all its own food, making shoes from its own leather, weaving clothing and blankets from wool sheared from its... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Why isn't this one of the featured Santa Fe attractions in the guidebooks and magazine articles? This rivals Colonial Williamsburg! My only compliant was that there was so much to see I couldn't manage it all on a hot summer day. The volunteers are fantastic and patient, helpful and friendly in explaining and showing you about life during a different... More

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Phila, PA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This seemed like a more obscure tourist attraction, but I wanted to learn more about the history of the people who lived in the area and it seemed like a good fit. What a surprise when we got there to find out that it was the setting of the Josefina series of American Girl books. Although my daughters have long... More

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