El Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) a historic rancho and now a living history museum, was strategically located on the Camino Real, the Royal Road that extended from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The ranch provided goods for trade and was a place where the caravans that plied the road would stop on their journey coming from or going to Santa Fe. It was a paraje, an official rest stop for travelers, and was even mentioned by the great military leader and governor, Don Juan Bautista de Anza, when he stopped here with his expeditionary force in 1780.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas, located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, strives to maintain examples of life during the period when Spain ruled in the southwestern portion of the North and most of the Central American continent. The museum opened in 1972 and is dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico. Original buildings on the site date from the early 1700s.
As a living history Museum, the Museum is dedicated to the history, heritage, and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico. As a result, El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a spectacular venue with lots of options available for films, festivals, and other private or corporate events. In fact, commercial and non- commercial motion picture and television productions have been fairly continuous since the museum opened and provide a major revenue source for the non-profit museum. With an onsite dining pavilion, three plazas, Education Center, and ample parking, El Rancho de las Golondrinas offers an exceptional blend of modern facilities and historic buildings to accommodate your production.
Photography by: Vic Macias | Richard Gonzalez