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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 76 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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Taos, New Mexico
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66 reviews 66 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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Galveston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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
21 helpful votes 21 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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Edmonds, Washington
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We didn't know this place existed until we saw a brochure in our hotel. We ended up being there during the Fall Harvest Festival and it was definitely one of the most memorable outings of our trip. We went straight to crushing grapes with our feet, a lifelong dream now realized.:) From there we pressed apples to make cider and... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a place I keep coming back to... it's stunningly beautiful, historically significant, and remarkably well-curated. I'm a teacher and frequently recommend it to my students and their families; although it's not far from where I live (in Albuquerque), it's not well-known. The buildings on the Rancho and its historical significance as the last "parada"... More

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Soldotna, Alaska
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We attended the last festival of the year in early October. This was the Harvest Festival and had grape crushing; sorghum syrup making (with a burro turning the press); making, cooking and eating tortillas; and much much more. This is a great experience for both young and old with the volunteers dressed and doing their 'chores' as in the 17-... More

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I attended the Fall Harvest Festival with friends during the first weekend of October. What an informative day. I enjoyed all of the exhibits and being able to make my own tortillas. I love to dabble in photography and this place gave me so many photography opportunities. I loved trying out the hand pressed apple cider and watching the children... More

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My 8 and 9 year olds had a fantastic time with hands on activities - using the weaving loom - working the wool - grinding corn - seeing the chickens and sheep. Great experience for parents as well and all for a great price!

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Weaverville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We attended the Harvest Festival the first weekend in October. This is the last festival for the fall season. The Ranch is staffed with knowledgeable people who give informative short talks about their area of concentration. As you visit each area you have time to ask questions and really have a close up experience of what life that era. With... More

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