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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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Belinda

What a pleasant surprise. What a treasure I found after getting lost ! Impressive volunteers that guide You and tell you the history of the 200 acre ranch. You will not be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a pleasant surprise. What a treasure I found after getting lost ! Impressive volunteers that guide You and tell you the history of the 200 acre ranch. You will not be disappointed.

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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 so appreciate your feedback! Yes, our core group of 120 costumed interpreters do a fabulous job of sharing their expertise about the ranch with our visitors. They also love to show what life was like on a ranch such as ours from the late 1700's to the early 1900's. We... More 

Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum helps understand what life would've been like in the 1800s in New Mexico. They've done a good job of restoring the place and their staff includes weavers, spinners, blacksmiths, and Baker's who explain what it was like. They frequently have festivals so check it out.

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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! Yes, we have nine festivals and fiestas during our season which feature a variety of both educational and entertaining experiences for children and adults. Our core group of 120 costumed interpreters are on hand to share their expertise with visitors. Hands-on activities are always a part of every festival. Our mission... More 

Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I learned so much about my own heritage and ancestry from our visit. Ticket prices are lower than most museums and, for me, the experience was more hands-on and personal. Great events and food.

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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 really appreciate your feedback. Through nine annual festivals, we strive to inspire learning and preserve the legacy of the land through encounters with the traditions and culture of New Mexico's Hispano past. All of our festivals and events feature hands-on activities as well as personal encounters with our costumed interpreters.... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They often have different events here, from harvest festivals, to Renaissance fairs, several annual events. Been many times always fun. Plus it's nice and green. Has a pond.

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

So glad you enjoyed your most recent visit to El Rancho de las Golondrinas and thank you for your many repeat visits! We so appreciate your support. Yes, we have approximately 8 to 9 festivals and fiestas each season. We try to have something for everyone, from kids to seniors! These events are meant to be both educational and entertaining,... More 

Green Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a way from Santa Fe - about 20 miles- and was the last overnight stop for travelers from New Spain (Mexico).before reaching Santa Fe. The old village is best. Not much to see in the outer area other than a nice long walk.

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

Thanks so much for your review and comments. We sincerely appreciate them and hope you had an enjoyable visit to El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Set on 200+ acres, the site has 34 historic buildings and a core group of 120 costumed interpreters who greatly enjoy sharing their expertise with visitors. During our season we also feature nine festivals rich... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see and beautiful site. This place shows how people have historically lived in New Mexico. The gardens are gorgeous and the history great. Our kids loved it.

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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 sincerely appreciate them! So glad to learn that you and your children had a great time at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. We strive to be a place of education, entertainment and enlightenment for all ages! You came at a perfect time to see our gardens in bloom and our... More 

Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there on a Sunday and had an excellent time! In addition to the historic/period buildings, there were vendors in the plaza selling authentic folk art. The prices were very reasonable compared to the shops in Santa Fe. There was even a "Luch Libre" masked wresting event. Kids absolutely loved it! Not the easiest place to find (GPS took me... 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. We sincerely appreciate your comments. Yes, we are a bit hard to find if you use GPS which doesn't do too well in rural settings. But we are just 20 minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza and just 3 miles off the I-25 freeway. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit... More 

Buda, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a delight to visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas. The examples of original architecture are extremely interesting, right down to the volunteer baking bread in the outdoor oven. Loved the adobe buildings, examples of handmade rugs, and even the vegetable garden at the bottom of the hill. If you're near Santa Fe, make it a stop.

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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 sincerely appreciate it! El Rancho de las Golondrinas has 34 historic buildings set on over 200+ acres of land -- including adobe structures, buildings of stone, log cabins and wooden structures. Just as in days gone by, we still cultivate our land, growing a variety of corn, beans squash (the Three... More 

Madison, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed all the history of an old western town.. Docents were knowledgeable and engaging even in 115 degree heat.

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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 kind review. Yes, our volunteers are truly amazing! We absolutely could not exist without their dedication and expertise which they are so willing and able to share with visitors. In the heat, monsoon rains, wind, dust -- in all kinds of wild weather that comes to New Mexico -- our volunteers are always... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is an interesting historic site which has a variety of events. Plenty of walking space and lots to see. Make sure you check their website for details. Our first visit was in 2009, and have had several visits since then. We are planning our next visit a month away.

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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 for your many repeat visits! We so appreciate your support. Yes, El Rancho de las Golondrinas has plenty of walking space to be sure! Over 200 acres! Always best to wear very comfortable walking/hiking shoes, a big sun hat and have lots of sunscreen for the summer months when it can get... More 

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