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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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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50 reviews 50 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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