Survival New Mexico: August 11-12

August 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Events, Kids, Weekend & Day Trips

El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, 2012, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too. If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the event is $8 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $5.

Activities and talks include:

  • How to make an atlatl and atlatl dart, making a bow and arrow, and an archery and atlatl range
  • Wagon rides and mule packing
  • Build a snare and tracking techniques
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine –  just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Curanderas talk about traditional healing herbs
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Make yucca soap, weave a survival bracelet, or kids can make a felt snake

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page where they have separate PDFs with the timetable for each day.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 11-12, 2012
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $5 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 275. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.



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