MLS Area: 6
La Cienega had a population of just fewer than 4,000 residents as of 2010. It’s an historic community, going back over 300 years. It’s located within Santa Fe County, about 20 minutes from the center of town and falls under Area 6 within the Santa Fe MLS. The official land area is around 13 square miles.
In addition to its historical significance, the wetland from which La Cienega takes its name makes the area vital to the local environment.
From Santa Fe, getting to La Cienega takes a bit longer using the NM-599 bypass than it does taking the freeway from St. Francis Drive, if one were starting from the center of town.
Places to See in La Cienega
If you’re taking a look at residential real estate in La Cienega, make sure to explore the community a bit, too. Here are two destinations to see in the area.
Leonora Curitin Wetland Preserve
This 35-acre preserve is very convenient from the Interstate. It’s next to another big attraction in La Cienega, El Rancho de las Golondrinas. It boasts an incredible variety of vegetation and plenty of wildlife.
You can take a guided tour of the wetland, but leave your pets at home. The official site has the hours posted, along with the price of admission.
El Rancho de los Golondrinas
El Rancho de los Golondrinas is a short drive off of exit 276 but offers quite a long journey back in time. It’s a living history park and museum, with animals and historic architecture to explore. El Rancho takes up more than 200 acres and it may well require more than one visit to take it all in.
El Rancho de los Golondrinas is also the site of numerous festivals throughout the year, including the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, which takes place in September.
Getting to La Cienega from Santa Fe
Take 25 South to Exit 271 and then take Entrada La Cienega into town.
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