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History from a distance

Morada de Nuestra Señora de La Paz – the Penitente meeting house of Our Lady of Peace – as pictured from a trail at El Rancho de las Golondrinas near Santa Fe. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

There’s plenty of space for physical distancing at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

The Santa Fe-area living history museum that sits on more than 200 acres, which had been closed due to the pandemic, reopened with limited capacity for self-guided tours and picnics earlier this month.

Five-year-olds Issa Camara, left, and Evan Judge, both from the Santa Fe area, feed weeds to a goat at El Rancho de las Golondrinas on Monday.

While the interiors of the historical buildings remain closed, the trails and other grounds are not. But new protocols are in place, such as: advance tickets must be bought online. There are morning and afternoon sessions with cleanings in between. Each session will have 50 tickets available. Also, groups of more than 10 aren’t permitted, restrooms will be checked hourly, and there are sanitizing stations.

For tickets, admission prices and more details, go to

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