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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
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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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A step back in history

We went here after the end of the regular season but they were willing to set up a private tour for my husband and I. It is a ranch which was established in the 1700s on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
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Connecticut
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40 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We went here after the end of the regular season but they were willing to set up a private tour for my husband and I. It is a ranch which was established in the 1700s on the Camino Real which is the road from Santa Fe to Chihuahua, Mexico. It has many buildings that are either original or reconstructed to... More 

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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 your tour at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. We will pass along your most kind comments to Gordon. He has been one of our interpreters for many years. He runs El Molino Grande and the smaller Truchas Mill. Like all of our volunteers, Gordon is well versed in the history of the... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I have visited here many times over the years, both during their big fall harvest weekend and also during reenactments of local Civil War battles.

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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 as well as your multiple visits! We so appreciate your support and hope that you find the ranch a rich educational experience each and every time you visit. We strive for continuous improvement, and always sincerely appreciate feedback from our visitors! We have a great calendar of events in store for 2016 so... More 

Lawrence, Kansas
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425 reviews
226 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

El Rancho is a wonderful place to step back into history. It was an original stopping place on EL Camino Real. Today it is a living history site that takes you back over the 300 years of the ranch's existence. The many friendly guides do a great job of teaching you about the various buildings and fields in the complex.... 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 hear that you enjoyed your step back in history. El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a wonderful place to see how life used to be over a span of 300 years. Our costumed interpreters, without whom we could not exist, do a grand job of engaging our visitors and making them feel as if they... More 

Pleasant Hill, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We had reservation for 6 o'clock. There were over 100 people waiting for a tables.we were seated immediately. Five minuets later Matt our waiter arrived. We ordered two the premium Margaritas. At 6:30 Matt final returned with one drinks with most of the salt washed off the rim of the glasses into the drink. He apologized for the wait, he... More 

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

Well, a very interesting review. Unfortunately, this review does not belong to El Rancho de las Golondrinas. We are not a restaurant. We have a very small cantina that serves food just on festival and event weekends. But it does not ever serve margaritas -- with or without salt! So, I am afraid this review was misplaced. There are so... More 

Kihei, Hawaii
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We enjoyed the harvest festival. Very cold and windy when we first arrived. Nice walk through history. Many displays of wool preparing, tanning, cider making, grape crushing, and other things. We even got to make and cook our own tortillas. Plus a nice gift shop.

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

So glad to learn that you enjoyed Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. It is a wonderful place to visit, particularly in the fall, when the leaves begin to change as well as the temperatures. It can be a bit cool in the early mornings, but then usually warms up nicely in the afternoons. Fall in New Mexico... More 

South Carolina
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74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

My daughter, toddler grandson, and I went to the fall festival. We stayed for several hours and enjoyed it very much. This is a Spanish style ranch and the surrounding activities associated with it. We found the docents to be knowledgeable and friendly. There were plenty of activities for young and old, alike. I would return if given the opportunity.... More 

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Thank grits4
Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

We are so pleased to learn that you and your family enjoyed our Harvest Festival. It is one of our most popular during our season. We have many visitors who come back, year after year, just to attend the Harvest Festival. Thank you for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. We so appreciate your support. Please plan on coming out... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I love this kind of thing. It's like a 300 year old village you can walk through and explore. The volunteers working there are very knowledgeable. it was a very good time.

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

We are so pleased to learn that you had a great time at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Yes, our dedicated corps of volunteers are absolutely invaluable to our museum. Without them, we literally could not exist. They are so knowledgeable about life as it was here from 1710 to 1930. It's absolutely amazing -- the depth of their knowledge!... More 

Parts Unknown
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40 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

A great historical look at a ranch established in 1710 in Santa Fe. The water ditch irrigation system is on the National Register. This is a very interesting stop.

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

We're so glad to learn that you found your visit to El Rancho de las Golondrinas of interest. Yes, our acequia is on the National Registry of Historic Places and soon a section of the Camino Real, by the West Frontage Road, will be too! The ranch really is an historical treasure and we enjoy sharing it with all of... More 

Chicago
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Wonderful docent who provided us with a great overview and understanding of the hacienda. Good gift shop. Worth the trip.

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Thank rvsherry
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 sincerely appreciate your support. We are pleased to learn that you had a great experience with the docent who led your tour and that you enjoyed our gift shop as well. We strive for continuous improvement and will be making some changes for our 2016 season which we hope you... More 

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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Went there for their harvest festival, not knowing what to expect. This place is actually a working museum showing how people lived 400 years ago. You really get the feel of just how hard day-to-day life was. The docents were volunteers who were passionate about their roles and very informative.

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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 support. Our Harvest Festival is one of our most popular events and also the last one of our season. It is always well attended. Our visitors enjoy stomping grapes for wine with their feet and picking out a great pumpkin for Halloween. We were very honored this year to be voted the... More 

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