El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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This article is about the ranch and museum in Santa Fe County. For the village near Mora, see Golondrinas, New Mexico.
Acequia System of El Rancho de las Golondrinas
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Golondrinas Acequia flume
El Rancho de las Golondrinas is located in New Mexico
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Nearest city Santa Fe, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°34′28″N 106°6′33″W / 35.57444°N 106.10917°W / 35.57444; -106.10917Coordinates: 35°34′28″N 106°6′33″W / 35.57444°N 106.10917°W / 35.57444; -106.10917
Area 3.4 acres (1.4 ha)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80002572[1]
Added to NRHP February 1, 1980

El Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) is a former ranch in the northern part of the U.S. state of New Mexico that has been recreated as a "living museum". Going north it was the last camping place (paraje, cf. caravanserai) on the Camino Real before reaching Santa Fe, New Mexico and a day's journey south of Santa Fe. Today, its 200 acres (0.81 km2) is located just north of La Bajada Hill in the Caja del Rio on Los Pinos Road about 12 mi (19 km) southwest of the Santa Fe city limits.

The ranch was founded by Miguel Vega y Coca in 1710.[2] The "living museum" recreates 18th Century Spanish colonial ranch life.[3] Guides are dressed in period clothing and demonstrate how people lived for example grinding their own flour, making their own tools, shoeing horses. There are two annual festivals at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, one in the Spring and one in October.[3] Its acequia system (irrigation ditch complex) is on the Register of Historic Places for New Mexico.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Julyan, Robert Hixson (1998) "El Rancho de las Golondrinas" The place names of New Mexico (2nd ed.) University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, p. 120, ISBN 0-8263-1688-3
  3. ^ a b Harris, Richard (2007) "Off the Beaten Path: New Mexico (8th ed.) Morris Book Publishing, Guilford, CT, p. 103, ISBN 0-7627-4205-4

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