Day 3a – Road Walk: Truchas to Chimayó

Description: The tired pilgrim is in for a treat on the last day. Not only is the road walk short, but there is a significant decline in elevation from the mountain town of Truchas to the holy site. If there is available time, the pilgrim can make add a mile to make a detour to walk through the old community of Cordova. There are no shops here. 

Route Preparation+Details

 GPS FILE  (.kmz)

Mileage: 9.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 167 ft

Elevation Loss: -2089 ft

High Point: 8,039 feet

Low Point: 6,106 feet


General Directions:

0.0 – From the old church in downtown Truchas, head west towards NM-76
0.2 – Beginning at NM-76, head south
8.3 – Turn left on Juan Medina Road (CR 98)
9.3 mi – Turn left on Santuario Drive 



Plenty of Airbnb’s exists in Truchas and Chimayó, but there is nothing between. In addition, there are some fantastic bed and breakfast options throughout Chimayó. If wanted/needed, you can camp somewhere in the Carson National Forest along the route. (Map Here). 



No food along the way. In Truchas, there is a newer coffee shop/bakery called Truchas General Mercantile. In Chimayó, there is no grocery store but you can get some light snacks at some of the shops in the main plaza area of Chimayó (near Ortega’s Weaving Shop) and the Santuario itself. 


Interesting things along route

Cordova, NM



TRUCHAS – Nuestra Señora del Rosario Church (old church and new church)

Both churches being quite beautiful in their own way, the old church’s date of construction beats the new church most likely by 150-200 years. The old church in the plaza of Truchas has been recently restored. Because the old church lacks modern HVAC (with the exception of a small oven), Sunday masses are usually help in the new church during the winter, and in the summer they switch to the old church. 


GPS Coordinates of old church

GPS Coordinates of new church



CHIMAYÓ – Holy Family Parish

The mother church of all the churches in Chimayó and the neighboring villages. To see mass times for Holy Family parish and the missions, check the website and view the bulletins.  

Address: 1440 NM-76 #10, Chimayó, NM 87522

Phone: (505) 351-4360

GPS Coordinates



CHIMAYÓ – El Santuario de Chimayó

The church of pilgrims. There is so much to say about this place, and when I have some time I will make a page describing the church. 

Address: 1445 NM-503, Chimayo, NM 87522

Phone: (505) 351-4889

GPS Coordinates