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“Special event visit”

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Ranked #18 of 270 things to do in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
305 reviews
190 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
“Special event visit”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We were here in the weekend of the 5th of May. During that weekend they had a reinactment of the Civil War. We had a great time in the ranch it self. We spoke to the people that played the residents or work(wo)men druring the hay day of the ranch. It was really informative and fun. We walk to the blacksmith, mill and other buildings that were further in the fields around the ranch. As a bonus we saw campsites of Southern and Federate Soldiers with canons, horses, tents etc etc. We loved it. The actual reinactment of a battle was interesting to watch and hear. The guns and canons were shot multiple times and it hurt the ears, so loud !
The ranch is on higher altitude and it was really cold that day, please bring a jacket or sweater it will make your day even more enjoyable.

Visited May 2013
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Minneapolis, MN
Level 6 Contributor
343 reviews
234 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2013

I can't really say much about "normal" days at the Rancho, because we timed our arrival for their opening day fiesta. It was wonderful, with mariachis, folklorico dancers, and costumed interpreters all over the place. It's a big place, and you can easily spend four hours or more there. I was a bit surprised to find that about half of the 60 or so numbered stops on the guide map were buildings from the 1880s, rather than the early 1700s as the Rancho itself. Take all the time you can to talk to the interpreters; they all are unique and you can't help learning something (don't tell the kids, they'll just have fun). Most of the interpreters are going about the daily business of the place as if locked in time, but come out of character to answer any questions you have. In several places there were hands-on activities, like making tortillas or grinding corn. Just a great good time. You probably should follow the signs rather than rely on your GPS.

Visited June 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“So much history.”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

If you want to learn about New Mexico history, this is a great place to start. A former parada on the way to Santa Fe, you will see and learn about Americas history, along with Spain and Mexicos history. Docents will inform you and on festival weekends you can participate in activities. A great family place.

Visited October 2012
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Pecos, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Ren Fair is a blast!”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We had SO much fun! What a beautiful outdoor museum with lots to see & do! We went for the annual Renaissance fair watched jousting, ate turkey legs & drank beer...Oh & the kids had fun too! Blowing bubbles, building fairy huts & even seeing a real live unicorn!!

Visited October 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Living History”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

Venue for the Santa Fe Wine Festival, as well as other specially featured weekend events. But an interesting way to learn New Mexico history even without a special event.

Thank abenteuergirl58
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