El Rancho de Las Golondrinas: The Ranch of the Swallows
TAKE A JOURNEY TO THE PAST!
El Rancho de las Golondrinas was founded 300 years ago as a paraje – stopping place – on El Camino Real, the Royal Road to Mexico City. Today, it is a one-of-a-kind destination where the past comes to life, and exciting weekend programs are fun for the whole family!
The 200-acre ranch features restored original buildings, authentic structures built on old foundations and buildings brought in from other sites. A 1700s placita with defensive tower, an 1800s home with outbuildings, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, mountain village, chapel, penitente morada, water-powered grist mills and more depict life in Spanish colonial and territorial New Mexico.
Costumed interpreters are located around the grounds to enhance the visitor’s experience and answer questions.
Most visitors choose to take self-guided tours of the ranch, aided by an illustrated guidebook. Guided tours are also available between April and October. Call for more information or to schedule.
SUMMER OF COLOR FESTIVITIES
2015 is all about color here in our city and Las Golondrinas is participating by celebrating “El Color Morado – The Color Purple.” Visit our website to find out more about how purple will play into your visit!
BATTLEFIELDS & HOMEFRONTS NEW MEXICO: THE CIVIL WAR & MORE
May 2 and 3, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Re-enactments of Civil War battles fought 150 years ago in New Mexico, Union and Confederate camps, Territorial music, civilian life demonstrations and more.
SPRING FESTIVAL & FIBER ARTS FAIR
June 6 and 7, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Living history demonstrations throughout the ranch, plus games and hands-on activities for kids! Also, a fiber arts market and demonstrations on sheep shearing, wool washing, dyeing, spinning and weaving.
HERB & LAVENDER FAIR
June 20 and 21, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Herb garden tours, lavender & herb product vendors, lectures, hands-on activities and live marimba music.
SANTA FE WINE FESTIVAL
July 4 and 5, 12 noon – 6:00 P.M.
Sample and buy New Mexico wines directly from the vintners. Plus food, live music and arts & crafts.
VIVA MEXICO! CELEBRATION
July 18 and 19, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Enjoy musica, arte y mas at this celebration of the culture, cuisine and crafts of our colorful neighbor.
SUMMER FESTIVAL AND WILD WEST ADVENTURES
August 1 and 2, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Meet the lawmen, desperados and mountain men who put the “wild” in “wild west!” Learn about life and how people survived on the dangerous frontier.
HANDS-ON HISTORY: A DAY CAMP FOR ALL AGES
August 15, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Become an expert in your chosen field! Workshops on weaving, baking in an horno, tanning hides and more! Registration recommended. Check website for details.
FIESTA DE LOS NINOS: A CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION
August 29 and 30, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Ven a jugar con nosotros! Come out and play with us! Games, crafts and entertainment especially for the kids.
SANTA FE RENAISSANCE FAIR
September 19 and 20, 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Enjoy live jousting, Clan Tynker, medieval combat, kids’ games, vendors, music, food, beer, mead and more, while helping raise funds for our educational programs.
October 3 and 4, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Bring in the harvest with the villagers of Las Golondrinas! Crush grapes for wine by foot and string chile ristras while enjoying the beautiful fall colors at the ranch.
There is something for everyone at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the Ranch of the Swallows!
EL RANCHO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS
THE RANCH OF THE SWALLOWS
334 LOS PINOS ROAD
SANTA FE, NM 87507
(505) 471-2261 EMAIL: MAIL@GOLONDRINAS.ORG WEB: WWW.GOLONDRINAS.ORG
We are located 15 miles south of downtown Santa Fe and 45 minutes north of Albuquerque. Take 1-25 and then take exit 276. Head north (towards Los Alamos) on 599 and take your first left on West Frontage Road. Follow “Las Golondrinas” signs (approx. 4 miles).
Open June 3rd through October 4th; Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
No reservations needed for self-guided tours. Guided tours (free with paid admission) depart at 10:30 A.M. daily, except on event weekends.
Additional Tours: Josefina Tours – Introduce your American Girl to Maria Josefina Montoya, an Hispanic girl growing up in 1824 on her family’s New Mexico ranch, similar to Las Golondrinas. April – October, by reservation only.
Balloon Fiesta Special Tours – In town for Balloon Fiesta? Don’t leave without visiting Las Golondrinas! Guided tours, October 7 to October 11, depart at 1:00 P.M. each day.
Allow at least two hours to visit, as we are situated on 200 acres. Wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes and bring a light jacket even in summer. Limited admission after 3:00 P.M. Food available on weekends; picnics welcome. No pets please.
Not all paths/buildings are wheelchair accessible. A courtesy van is available at certain festivals.
Fees (Not including school groups or guided tours)
Self-guided tours/General Admission:
Seniors (62+) & Teens (13 – 17) $4.00
Seniors & Teens $6.00
21+ (Fee includes wine glass) $13.00
Ages 13-20 $5.00
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair:
Seniors & Teens $8.00
CHIDREN 12 & UNDER ARE ALWAYS FREE!
New Mexico Residents Special: Wednesdays during the season are free for New Mexico residents.
Membership: “Amigos del Museo” receive FREE admission for a year, including all programs, and discounts in the Museum Shop at certain levels.