El Rancho de las Golondrinas – A Santa Fe, NM, Must See

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum dedicated to the heritage, culture and history of 18th and 19th century New Mexico. The 200 acre property, situated in a countryside just south of Santa Fe, features original colonial buildings dating from the early 1700s and other New Mexico historic buildings that have been reconstructed. The ranch was originally an important stopover for those traveling along the Camino Real, a road between Mexico City and Santa Fe. Visitors to El Rancho de las Golondrinas will find villagers dressed in authentic costumes to reflect the times of the frontier in early New Mexico. In addition to the buildings, the museum presents special weekend events and festivals throughout the year that focus on the dance, music, celebrations and other activities of life in the Mexican, Spanish and Territorial times of the Southwest. El Rancho de las Golondrinas is open for self-guided tours from June through September on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM. In addition, a free daily guided tour is available with admission at 10:30 AM. During April, May and October, the museum is open Monday – Friday for guided tours by reservation only.