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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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Great living museum to learn local history

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Milwaukee, WI
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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Muskogee, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Fort Worth, Texas
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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Weatherford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful way to spend a day in Santa Fe!! Gun fights, Kit Carson, school teacher, camel expert, crafts of the Era. Several weaving looms with friendly demonstrators. Let us try it- fun! Yarn dieing using plants. Three live camels were the highlight of my day. The historian telling about camels in American history did an excellent job of educating while... 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 wonderful, comprehensive review. From your comments, it appears that you were here for our Summer Festival and Wild West Adventures. It was a great weekend and Doug Baum and his three camels from the Texas Camel Corps were the hit of the two-day event. We hope to have them here again next year. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty to see. We spent two hours with our two young boys and could have spent much more. Our tour guide was fantastic... she was very knowledgeable of both the history and the culture of the Spanish that lived here a log time ago. Take plenty of water, it's a long walk to cover all the grounds.

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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 kind review. We sincerely appreciate it and we will pass along your comments to your guide. We have a core group of 120 costumed interpreters who take great pride and pleasure in sharing their expertise on the Ranch with our visitors. Yes indeed. Always important to bring lots of water. We are the highest... More 

Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really interesting 'capture' of old-West life in New Mexico, and at reasonable prices for big, spread out assortment of actual & reproduction pioneer buildings & craft-workers (portrayed mostly by local volunteers...thanks, folks!. Among popular favorites are the schoolhouse, the chuck-wagon (w/fresh hot biscuits!), the working water mill, live goats/sheep/donkeys, and camels! Do follow GPS or map directions, cause many rough... 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. It sounds like you were here for our festival, Summer Festival and Wild West Adventures. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. The camels were a big hit that weekend. Unfortunately, they are not here on a daily basis. But the sheep, goats and burros are here for visitors to enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Splendid historical and cultural experience! The staff was very helpful. Take a walk through this beautiful ranch. Make sure you have no less than 1/2 a day to spend here! On days that they have demonstrations, plan for a full day.

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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 your very kind comments. They are sincerely appreciated. Yes, our core staff of costumed interpreters take great pride in sharing their expertise about the Ranch with our visitors. We have over 200+ acres and 34 historical buildings on the property, so you certainly do need time to see it all. It's also... More 

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