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El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Adobe buildings and a soldier of the early 19th century Mexican era. – Roberto Valdez

ADA Accessibility Notes

Certain areas have access to those with difficulty in walking and a complimentary van provides transport to many areas on the ranch. This ranch is not suggested for those with walking impairments otherwise.

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.

Eco-Friendly Notes

This museum features organic farming and promotion of traditional food culture.

Pet Friendly Notes

Do not bring pets. Although members of the staff have them, visitors should not bring theirs.


10AM to 4PM, prompt closure at 4PM

Seasons Open

1st weekend in June to the 1st weekend in October, and a solitary annual event on the 1st weekend of May


Adults: $6 ordinarily, special events $8, Wine Festival $13

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