History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $8 for a special museum event for two (up to a $16 value)
- $14 for a special museum event for four (up to a $32 value)
- $20 for a special museum event for six (up to a $48 value)<p>
Admission is valid for one the following special events: * “Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More” (May 5–6), which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the westernmost battles of the Civil War, waged on New Mexican soil. Across the ranch, battle reenactments and demonstrations pay tribute to Union and Confederate soldiers. Check out this video for more info. * Spring Festival & Children’s Fair (June 2–3), in which villagers don authentic garb to shear sheep, bake bread, and tend to animals. Interactive games and activities throughout the event entertain kids. * New Mexico Fiber Arts Festival (June 23–24), in which weaving experts share their secrets and explore the textile process. Demonstrations demystify how sheep’s wool is transformed into intricate embroidered blankets.<p>
Though El Rancho de las Golondrinas sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.<p>
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.