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Meet El Rancho de Las Golondrinas

Journey through time at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas—a living history museum like no other! Located just south of Santa Fe, El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, or the Ranch of the Swallows, transports you back to the 18th and 19th centuries, where you can experience what life was like during the Spanish, Mexican and Territorial periods of New Mexico.

As you explore the museum’s 500-acre property, you’ll get a unique glimpse into the past at every turn. You will be greeted by costumed interpreters and skilled artisans who demonstrate cultural practices and traditional skills, such as weaving, milling, blacksmithing, horno bread baking and woodworking. The museum grounds include over 30 historic buildings that have been preserved and restored to their original glory. From traditional adobe placitas to log cabins, each building showcases a different aspect of life in early New Mexico. Since the property is also a working ranch, you’ll see agricultural practices at work and meet a variety of farm animals, including churro sheep, burros and goats. In addition, you’ll be able to explore the property’s stunning landscape, including miles of walking trails and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve.

Unlike a traditional history museum where the objects are locked away behind glass cases, El Rancho de Las Golondrinas invites you to take a hands-on approach. You’ll be invited to participate in traditional activities, not just observe them from afar. Children especially are encouraged to try hands-on activities, such as digging for artifacts, grinding corn, tin stamping, and weaving on the loom. These experiences offer a unique opportunity to not only learn about the history and culture of New Mexico but also have fun doing it!

In addition to self-guided tours, El Rancho de Las Golondrinas hosts a variety of exciting festivals and programs that celebrate the rich history and culture of the area. Some of the museum’s most popular events include:

  • Santa Fe Spring Festival, June 1–2
  • Santa Fe Wine Festival, July 6–7
  • Fiesta de Los Niños, July 20-21
  • Santa Fe Beer & Food Festival, August 10–11
  • Santa Fe Renaissance Faire, September 14–15
  • Santa Fe Harvest Festival, October 5–6
  • Spirits of New Mexico, October 26

These festivals feature live entertainment, vendor markets, delicious food and drinks, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. If you plan to attend one of these festivals, be sure to reserve your tickets online in advance. These popular festivals sell out and many do not offer ticket at the door. 

If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, grab your family and friends and head to El Rancho de Las Golondrinas. With its beautifully preserved historic buildings, engaging educational programs, and stunning natural scenery, this living history museum is truly a must-see destination in Santa Fe. The museum is open seasonally for self-guided tours June through October, Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm for self-guided tours. Private tours are available by reservation April through October. When you visit, be sure to bring water bottles, sun protection, and good walking shoes. Plan your trip at golondrinas.org!

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