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El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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Address: 334 Los Pinos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507-4363
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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We stumbled on this historical Living Museum quite by accident it just happened that the one time a year one weekend a year Renaissance Fair in Santa Fe was being held on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Jeanne V
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Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States
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Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stumbled on this historical Living Museum quite by accident it just happened that the one time a year one weekend a year Renaissance Fair in Santa Fe was being held on the grounds of this Rancho. Both were quite nice the renaissance fair was just the right size and entertaining but the Living Museum of El Rancho de las... 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 Trip Advisor review. We so appreciate your comments. Yes, the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is quite an event with just under 10,000 in attendance. It has become quite popular over the years. The 200+ acres of our living history museum are brought to life on a daily basis by our core group of... More 

Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a private tour guide Jim and he was excellent. Since several in our group had been teachers, we were very interested in the school. Like stepping back into history. This ranch provides a look back into early Spanish settlers who came to New Mexico long before it became a state .

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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, Jim and all of our tour guides are excellent and they just love sharing their knowledge and expertise of the Ranch. We are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed his guided tour. Our core group of volunteers who are stationed in our 34... More 

Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All ages will enjoy this acting ranch with historical buildings. The reenactments and docents add so much color to the experience. More than a museum. It's hot. Carry lots of water. LOTS. I got over heated and had to leave early. That made me sad since I was enjoying the different dwellings and interaction. Beautiful place.

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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 Trip Advisor review and your comments. We were sorry to hear that you became overheated and had to leave early. Hopefully you are feeling much better now. We are at 7,000 feet here and during the summer it is very hot and dry with very little humidity. All of these factors combined can lead... More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first time and I never knew this place existed in the Santa Fe area. We went during the Festival and although it was hot, we enjoyed walking around and seeing how people lives hundreds of years ago and even up to this century. If you like history, this is a must-see.

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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 Trip Advisor review. We sincerely appreciate your comments. Yes, I think El Rancho de las Golondrinas is one of the best kept secrets of Santa Fe. Folks who have lived here for years still don't know that we exist! It keeps our advertising people busy! We are a living history museum located on 200+... More 

Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived right at 10 in time for the 10:30 tour. The tour was great! We stayed for a couple of hours and didn't even see all there was to see. Our 9 year old and 10 year old were pretty interested in the tour. Our 15 year old enjoyed taking photos and even found some of the information interesting.... 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 and comments. We sincerely appreciate them. We are so pleased to learn that your younger daughter enjoyed our ranch as the setting for the Josefina American Girl Doll. As you may know also, we give special Josefina Tours that many, many young girls sincerely enjoy -- some of them even bring their own... More 

Muskogee, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original Adobe ranch from colonial 1700's is fascinating in its restoration and representation of the first settlers in New Mexico. The interpretive guide was friendly and very knowledgable. I will return for the walking trails.

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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 we are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed your visit here. We have over a mile and a half of walking trails through our 204 acre ranch and 34 historic buildings. This time of year and through the end of October it is particularly beautiful as the cottonwoods turn to flame... More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited this historic museum with our grandchildren, girls, ages 7 and 5 during our last visit to Santa Fe. It is somewhat out of town, approximately 10 miles and I was not expecting much of an experience. Boy, was I wrong! First, we went on a weekend that there was a special event, and that may be different than... 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 and comments. We sincerely appreciate them. It sounds like you visited during our Summer Festival and Wild West Adventures. This is a fairly new festival and we are still making changes and adding new things to this weekend event. This year, we featured the Texas Camel Corps and had three camels here with... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Las Golondrinas is an wonderful place for children and adults alike to experience real life during the settlement of New Mexico. The fact that all the activities are performed as they would have been in their time period -- from hand-dying wool with natural dyes to wood carving to blacksmithing -- is a eye-opener to our dependency on the weather... 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 Trip Advisor review. We so appreciate your comments! Yes, over the years, the Harvest Festival has turned into a real crowd pleaser. Sadly it also marks the end of our season of festivals too. But it absolutely is a beautiful time to visit our Ranch as well as Santa Fe. There is a coolness... More 

Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

This place is like the Sturbridge Village of Spanish Colonialism. The last rest stop on the Camino Real from Mexico to Santa Fe, This farm and village is a working, living memorial to the old days. see if you can coordinate your bit to be there during one of the many festivals that they support for added enjoyment.

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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 it! Yes, El Rancho de las Golondrinas was the last stop (paraje) on the El Camino Real if you were traveling north and the first stop if you were traveling south. Most travelers stopped here because of the abundant acequias (waterways) where cattle, oxen, horses and mules could... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

The Museum is set approximately in the early 1800's (top of the ranch) to the late 1800's (bottom of the ranch). Can tour on your own or with a guide. Most of the time, it is fairly quiet and very casual. Various weekends, though, have a theme, with more activities and more people (see the WEB site for details). Not... 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, our 200+ acres with gravel pathways can be a challenge to navigate for wheelchairs. As with all living history museums, being outdoors has its difficulties. But most of the upper Ranch, which includes the oldest buildings, is accessible. We have a full schedule of festival weekends and,... More 

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