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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: +1 505-471-2261
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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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Within this compound are displays and depictions of very early Indian and settlers lives and amazing methods. Very real.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Within this compound are displays and depictions of very early Indian and settlers lives and amazing methods. Very real.

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Thank robertfcarlson
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. El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum, depicts life as it was over 300 years ago. We interpret the time between 1710 and 1930. Our costumed interpreters are always happy to share their expertise and knowledge with our visitors. Thanks again so very much and we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of amazing things to learn. Plenty of interactive exhibits for the kids to learn and not be bored. Scenery is amazing and the workers are very informed, helpful, and friendly.

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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 on Trip Advisor. We so appreciate your views. Yes, El Rancho de las Golondrinas is the premiere Living History Museum in New Mexico. Our core group of costumed interpreters are the very best and they sincerely enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with our visitors. We always have events, crafts, and... More 

Grand Prairie, Texas
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Check the schedule on the website before you go. Apparently they are only open during certain times of the year. We drove out of our way to go here only to discover they were only open until September 30. We were there on October 7. We had looked at the website but never thought to verify that they would be... More 

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

I am so sorry that you were not able to visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Our yearly season runs from June 1 through the first weekend in October. After that, we are closed for the season. The unpredictable weather here in New Mexico warrants our closing for the winter when snow and ice can make traversing the Ranch quite... More 

New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We visited here with friends as one of them volunteers here. Such a great look at the past of this wonderful part of the country.

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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. Harvest Festival is a crowd-pleaser. With its various crafts and activities, there is truly something for everyone at our last Festival of the season. Our volunteers are the best and they bring the Ranch to life for our visitors. They truly love sharing their knowledge and expertise about the time period represented here. We... More 

New York City, New York
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41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We loved our visit to this ranch. The volunteers were incredibily friendly and knowledgeable,the demos were fun and educational and the hands-on activities rounded out the whole experience. We went on Harvest Fest weekend and experienced the blacksmith shop, the gristmill, a lecture on food history and wine making. We had hands on activities making tortillas, harvest weaths and tin... 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 on Trip Advisor. We sincerely appreciate your comments. Harvest Festival weekend is one of the best times to visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas and it has become a local favorite. All kinds of crafts and activities are going on and it is really a Festival that caters to family fun for everyone.... More 

Novi, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The highlight of our 3-week trip so far. We love living history museums. This one is one of the best and authentic back to the early 1700s. There are guides in period clothing scattered throughout the many clusters of structures with a wealth of knowledge to share. Working farm growing authentic period crops. Wool sheared on site, cleaned with yucca... More 

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

WOW! What a wonderful review! Thank you so very much for your comments! You have certainly captured the essence of El Rancho de las Golondrinas and we are so glad that you chose to post your review on Trip Advisor! From the Board, staff and our dedicated corps of volunteers, we thank you! We strive to be the very best... More 

Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 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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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 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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1 Thank lovefunnewplaces
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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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

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 

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