This historic Spanish colonial ranch served as a stopping place or paraje upon what was the longest, most important trade route in North America – El Camino Real – the Royal Road. Caravans of soldiers, traders and travelers of the past found warmth, welcome and rest among its adobe buildings with plentiful water and grass for their animals. Today Las Golondrinas beckons visitors to explore ranch life as lived on the colonial frontier.
Upon its moving waters and quiet ponds are set the mills. Up the hill stands the chapel. The bleat of the goats and sheep, the bray of the burro beckon the farmer. Prominent in the silhouette of the Placita is the defensive tower or torreón. Within the courtyards, ovens, or hornos, bring forth the memorable aroma of homemade bread. The clack of the looms dominates just as it once did hundreds of years ago in many New Mexican villages.
All of these aspects of life on the frontier are explored through the many activities set among the significant structures of this living history museum dedicated to recapturing a past life of beauty and hard work.
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas