If the early bird gets the worm, the spring chicken gets fresher peaches, a superior college-basketball bracket, and a first-hand look at broken New Year’s resolutions. Celebrate springtime indulgence with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get two one-day adult tickets to the Spring Festival & Children’s Fair at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe (up to a $16 value) scheduled for June 4–June 5 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult or parrot that can say its own name.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ Spring Festival & Children’s Fair rings in the planting season with a full schedule of verdant equinox-exalting activities. Traipsing across the living-history museum’s 200-acre ranch, guests flit past costumed village artisans busy with authentic chores including baking bread, constructing cornhusk dolls, and shearing sheep into the hairstyles of their favorite punk musicians. Explore ovine fates further with a one-hour theatrical presentation featuring the exploits of the churro sheep and its energetic role in Navajo culture or favor Saturday’s fanciful with a puppet show starring expressive figurines from around the world. Face painting turns kids into cats while visitors take a taste of the frontier life, bumping through a wagon ride, grinding out cornmeal, and creating a phone tree to warn of upcoming whooping-cough outbreaks. A practicing blacksmith, as well as John Chisum and Billy the Kid, make cameos, telling tall tales to young historians who can also tour a historical mill and don the dress of Spanish settlers.
A former rest stop along El Camino Real, the museum at El Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) chronicles 18th- and 19-century New Mexican history. Original colonial buildings from the early 1700s dot the museum’s bucolic grounds, rubbing walls with reconstructed transplants from northern New Mexico. Traditionally clad villagers demonstrate ranch life year-round, with several festivals and events annually.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
In the 18th and 19th centuries, visitors would stop to rest at the historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas as they began or ended their long journeys along the royal road that stretched between Santa Fe and Mexico City. In the 20th and 21st centuries, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek, Val Kilmer, and the cast and crew of some 30 films used the ranch's 200 scenic acres and 34 historic structures as backdrops to their movies and personalized birthday cards. With preserved and restored villages dating back to the early 1700s sloping through a rural farming valley, the grounds collapse time, bringing the past to the present and the present to the past.
Today, guests wander this living history museum to explore how colonial and frontier life was lived the Southwest. During a self-guided tour, visitors pick up or download a map of the ranch before weaving through a snapshot of history brought to life by villagers clothed in the styles of the time. Feet patter past a molasses mill, a blacksmith shop, and defensive towers where guards kept watch on the horizon and coordinated messages for passing UFOs. With a reservation, docents will lead you through the trails that cut through a landscape dotted with goats, sheep, burros, and horses, fostering an understanding of the culture and arts of historic New Mexico.
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