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El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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Address: 334 Los Pinos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: 15054712261
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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Re-Creating Rio Grande Valley Farm Life from the 1800's

El Rancho Del Las Golondrinas, located about five miles south of Santa Fe, attempts to re-create farm life in the 1800's in the northern Rio Grande Valley. There are lectures... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

El Rancho Del Las Golondrinas, located about five miles south of Santa Fe, attempts to re-create farm life in the 1800's in the northern Rio Grande Valley. There are lectures, performances, crafts, etc. But it's sporadic -- so best to inquire ahead as to which weekends (primarily spring and fall) there's really something worthwhile going on.

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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 on Trip Advisor. We so appreciate your comments. Yes, our season runs from May through October. During that time period, our costumed interpreters are at the Ranch every day in order to speak with visitors and answer their questions, enhancing their visit to Las Golondrinas. In addition, approximately every other weekend, we try... More 

Taos, New Mexico
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54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Wonderful private museum gives a taste of historical life in Northern New Mexico. They have special weekends with enactments of different aspects of colonial life on this functional ranch.

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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 comments and for sharing your experiences with others. We so appreciate your support. Yes, from May through October, we have special events and every other weekend Festivals for our visitors' enjoyment. We always try to have hands-on activities as well as entertainment for all ages. It is a very family friendly living history museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We arrived around 2:00 on a Friday and the gift shop employee was very helpful and let us know what was going on that day. We learned that the ranch has hands-on learning on Saturday's, so when we return we will definitely be going on a Saturday. We were able to freely roam the grounds and each building which was... More 

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

Yes, Hands-On History was a huge success! We were very pleased with it and with the feedback we received from visitors. This was a first-time event, so the positive comments are sincerely appreciated. We hope you will visit again, perhaps for one of our festival weekends or during the week when it is much less crowded and you can have... More 

Los Angeles, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This museum is a great way to get a sense of how life was in the early days of New Mexico. The docents are extremely knowledgeable and eager to share their knowledge. My wife really enjoyed getting to operate a loom for making blankets.

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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 and comments. We are so pleased that your wife enjoyed learning to work on a loom. Our weavers are just fantastic! We are so blessed to have them. They really enjoy talking with our visitors and showing them the various aspects of weaving, spinning, colcha embroidery and dyeing. We hope you will visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Loved taking a step back in time to see what life was like. Very knowledgeable staff and well worth the stop to learn about tin making, tanning hides, weaving, storing food and housing in general. American girls Josephina is featured and will have anyone interested in her story looking for more information. Great side trip

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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. It appears that your little girl loved our American Girl, Josefina! We just love hosting Josefina tours of our property. Many of our little girl visitors come clutching their Josefina doll and carry her throughout the tour. It's magical for them to see the American Girl books come to life at our Ranch.... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I had my wedding reception at this living museum. It is a wonderful living museum that gives you a feel for how living out west, when the west was wild was all about!

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

Let us just say "Congratulations" again and thank you for having your wedding at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. We hope that you had a fantastic wedding day and honeymoon! This 200+ acre site is really a fantastic for a wedding, reception, corporate party, retreat, family reunion, birthday party and any other possible event. It is beautiful, with large, open... More 

Houston, Texas
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The GPS lead us to the wrong road but luckily, there are signs posted. Once we arrived we realized we only had an hour left before closing. The museum staff said the shops were already closing up since there weren't any events that day so we took a quick stroll. There were still some volunteers milling about and they were... More 

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

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Las Golondrinas even though you only had a hour to do so. You actually can see quite a lot in an hour of exploring. You are correct that the Festival weekends are much more lively, with more visitors and volunteers. Our costumed interpreters are fabulous and we are pleased to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Living history (1700-1800s) at a stop along the Camino Real or Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Located on 200 acres, and you can walk around the site. The museum is dedicated to the history and culture of old New Mexico. Definitely wear a hat, closed shoes, and have plenty of water. Make your visit as brief or... More 

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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 review. We so appreciate your support. Yes, always a good idea to wear sturdy walking shoes. We have over 200+ acres to explore; gravel and dirt paths; lots of beautiful, meandering paths. Also great advice to wear a hat and bring lots of water. Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the... More 

McKinney, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have been to Santa Fe on many occasions, lived in Albuquerque several years, and had never been to this spot just 15 miles south of Santa Fe. It was on our list. It's only open Wed-Sun from June to October and is a 1700's-1800's living history village. The grounds take about 2 hours to walk through, the trail is... More 

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

Yes -- great suggestion to wear comfortable walking shoes to El Rancho de las Golondrinas! It is a bit of a walk around the entire 200+ acre ranch along dirt and gravel paths. We have tried to make it as user friendly as we can, with lots of water stations, seating areas, shade trees, porta potties, etc. without detracting from... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

200 acres of beauty - trees, hills, ponds, streams, acequias (irrigation ditches), small farm areas, village settings from the old west: New Mexico style - some adobe, some log, are the setting in which this living museum draws so many people each year. El Rancho de Las Golondrinas hosts several public events from May to October. They are all worth... More 

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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 very comprehensive review and comments on El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Come for the Festivals; stay for the history! From your review, it appears that you not only have visited many times, but you have also explored the many nooks and crannies on our 200-acre property. We love it when folks really take... More 

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