What is Chimayo?

History of Chimayó, NM

Chimayó is a sacred spot in the north of New Mexico. For centuries, people have made pilgrimages to the Santuario de Chimayó (the sanctuary of Chimayó). Many people make the pilgrimage to Chimayó for different reasons - some go on pilgrimage to seek God, others go to encounter creation, some go simply as tourists to see this historic place.

 The Santuario de Chimayó has a rich history that has unfolded over centuries. There are a few different explanations of the story of the santuarioThe most well-known version of the story is that a man named Bernardo Abeyeta, an early settler of the Chimayó area, saw a great light in the hillside near the Santa Cruz river.

After walking to the hillside, the light was found to be radiating from a crucifix in the dirt. The local people processed the holy crucifix to the church of the neighboring village, but reappeared every time back to the hillside. In 1813, the Chimayó locals requested permission to build a small chapel on the hillside where the crucifix was found. Locals would make small pilgrimages to the santuario to pray to God for miracles.

Two hundred years later, thousands of people make pilgrimages to the same santuario every year. The santuario receives the most pilgrims during Holy Week, where thousands of people walk along the highways from different places to the santuario. 

This site is dedicated to assisting those desiring to make the pilgrimage to Chimayó.

For more information, go to the official Santuario de Chimayó website here