El Rancho de las Golondrinas means "The Ranch of the Swallows". This historic 100+ acres rancho is a living history museum that dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or stopping point along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Situated in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, one can experience self-led tours, interpreted tours, and live demonstrations concerning the life of another time in New Mexico.
Exhibits cover the period between 1710-1890. There are numerous structures on the ranch including a fortified household called a plazuela, live sheep and goats, a schoolhouse, grist mills, and more. Skills from yesteryear are demonstrated live and in larger numbers during festival weekends and include brain tanning hides, wool spinning and weaving, military encampments, milling and food preparation, woodworking, blacksmithing, agricultural work, rope making, soap making, and more.