Plan your own pilgrimage

The pilgrimage to the sanctuario de Chimayo in northern New Mexico goes through sleepy villages, historic churches, a perseverant culture and a rich history spanning several centuries. This page serves as a small guide to help you make your pilgrimage through northern New Mexico. Below you can find resources on pilgrim routes, transportation, places to stay, what to pack, some advice on being a pilgrim, and much more.
The Chimayo pilgrimage has humble beginnings. Some long time ago, locals began a tradition of doing pilgrimage from their homes to the sanctuario during Holy Week to prepare for Good Friday. Every year, a growing number of people desire to make the pilgrimage throughout the year to the place where Bernardo Abeyeta discovered the cross set in the holy dirt. As you prepare to make a walking pilgrimage to the sanctuario, there are many things to consider and prepare for –  it is very important that your preparations are done well. Don’t feel up to doing all the preparations? Go to our Walk With Us page to learn more about having guides on your pilgrimage!