El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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El Rancho de las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
4.5
Historic Sites • Ranches • History Museums
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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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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DonnaH0320
Carencro, LA72 contributions
Private tour of historic rancho
Apr 2021
Because of Covid, the rancho was not open as usual. We had to go on a private tour which was very reasonable. The tour guide was very knowledgeable but was continuously getting sidetracked in his presentation. We saw most of the rancho which is very large and consists of 17th century buildings with some reproductions. It was most informative and you were able to visualize how the Spanish lived during that time. I would like to revisit when the artisans are there in the future.
Written May 10, 2021
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Peter
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An exceptional slice of Southwest history!
Sep 2020
Walk into El Rancho de las Golondrinas and you'll open a door and step back 300 years to experience authentic Southwest history. See first-hand how people lived, the buildings they constructed and their purpose, how they made their clothes, cooked their food and worshipped. You'll get a unique taste of everyday life in a community in the 1700s, learn about the inhabitants' hardships, their hopes and fears while exploring this exceptionally, well-maintained and preserved historic ranch. I spent 4 hours walking the grounds and talking with the knowledgeable and friendly staff. I'm a historian and learned more about New Mexico's fascinating history when visiting El Rancho de las Golondrinas.
Written November 29, 2020
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Jon R
Downers Grove, IL13 contributions
Beautiful beyond belief
Sep 2020
Made plans to visit here on recommendation and was meh about the idea until I found out that Better Call Saul shot the episode "Dedicado a Max" here. Me and my son recreated a pic of Gus and Mike standing next to Max's fountain (fountain was set dressing, it's not really there).
Due to covid, there were no tours, just self guided walking with a provided map. I actually prefer that though as I find tours boring. Very friendly staff throughout the property to answer questions.
Written September 25, 2020
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milliemc2018
Santa Fe, NM60 contributions
Fun way to experience the past
Sep 2019
Golondrinas is a recreation of early pioneer days in New Mexico. There are docents dressed in historical garb, involved in daily activities (like weaving and spinning wool) of the time and ready to answer your questions.
Written February 25, 2020
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Cabella L
20 contributions
If you like lavender..
Jun 2019
They have lavender festival every year. Just amazing. Classes on how to grow lavender. Products containing lavender such a fish rub. Yummy from the Bar Be Q at home. Amazing people to talk to and amazing artists. Please look up the date. It's in the summer. You will be thrilled you did.
Written February 23, 2020
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sphayre
Plano, TX27 contributions
Interesting
Nov 2019
Great historical adventure! A real life view of a very basic way of life!! We has an excellent and informative tour guide. Very enjoyable!!
Written November 5, 2019
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RetiredTravelerTN
Nashville, TN3,768 contributions
Excellent Museum For History and Culture
Oct 2019
We arrived mid-day and began the self-guided tour using the map provided. A reduced fee is charged for seniors. We also purchased the $2 guide which added more information to our experience.

The grounds are expansive. After exploring the ranch structures at the front of the property, we walked the paths to other areas which included a wheelwright and carpenter shop, a school house, a blacksmith shop, a meeting house, and another village. We easily spent two hours -- would have stayed longer, but rain arrived. We visited the small museum and the gift shop; since it was still raining, we moved on to our next destination. The time was well-spent. El Rancho de las Golondrinas was a good introduction to New Mexico.
Written October 30, 2019
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VN F
Santa Fe, NM343 contributions
Another world, another time
Sep 2019
This living museum is a great place to visit any time, with or without the family. In the summer, there are many weekend events but the ticket prices are fair and the experience fascinating and educational any day.
Written October 27, 2019
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lodo5762
Connecticut22 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019
Beautiful property with lots to see & learn about ! Feels like we stepped back in history - great to take kids as well !
Written October 8, 2019
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BarbaraMD59
Williamsburg, VA180 contributions
Wonderful Window Into the 17th and 18th Century New Mexico
Sep 2019
It is very inexpensive to get into this outdoor museum, but it is worth so much more. The first area consists of a compound of a 17th century home and outbuildings. The next section features an 18th century home and other village type buildings. The docents are very knowledgeable and rely much information. The fairly large property also contains a school house that was moved from a town in New Mexico, a Penitent Church that is still used, a mill, and mountain village. It could take 3 to 4 hours to really see this site and it is well worth doing.
Written October 5, 2019
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