May 18-21, 2017: Young Adult Pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó, New Mexico

North America's Finest Pilgrimage

Join Creatio's Experienced Team to El Santuario de Chimayó

About This Trip

Enjoy prayer and recreation time, unparalleled natural beauty, and fun with your fellow “peregrinos” (pilgrims) as you make the trek to El Santuario de Chimayó.
Creatio’s experienced staff will lead you on this pilgrimage both in nature and in spirit. Our guides have been on this route many times; in fact we helped create it!

We’ll drive to Taos after work on Thursday, May 18th and be back in Denver on Sunday evening.

The Route

You’ll spend most of your time walking in the Carson National Forest or on roads adjacent to it.  Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest point, is located in the forest, as well as a number of ski resorts and trails taking advantage of the forest’s beautiful setting.

Daily distances range from nine to 20 miles for a total just under 60 miles on foot.

After Chimayó, nearby Santa Fe is a popular stop for lunch and a tour of the Loretto Chapel and St. Joseph’s Staircase.

What’s Included

As a pilgrim with Creatio, all meals, lodgings, and visits to points of interest are prearranged and included in the cost of the trip. We want you to be free to experience God in Nature. As experienced pilgrims ourselves, we find this easiest when day-to-day cares are minimal and we are freely allowed to “Adventure in nature. Journey in spirit.”

When To Go

May 18 - May 21


$255 per Person

Total Miles


The Route (Subject to Modification)

Day 1: Depart Denver for New Mexico, arrive in Taos.

Day 2: Depart Taos for Peñasco, walking through the Carson National Forest to the top of the McGaffey ridge, with incredible views of Picuris Peak.  Daily Distance: 17.5 miles.

Day 3: Walk through the sleepy New Mexican village of Las Trampas and arrive in Truchas for the night.  Daily Distance: 14 miles.

Day 4: Depart Truchas for Chimayó, walking with breathtaking desert views as we approach the ancient village of Chimayo!  Sunday Mass will be offered at Chimayó.  Daily Distance: 11 miles.  Visit Santa Fe for lunch and St. Joseph’s Staircase in the Loretto Chapel.  Return to Denver.

A Pilgrimage? But, Why?!

Pilgrimages have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, perhaps as a counterbalance to modern-day culture.  They offer a mindful escape from the frenetic pace of modern life and promise a space for silence and reflection that a standard “vacation” does not typically have.  One of these pilgrimages is the “camino” to El Santuario de Chimayó.

El Santuario de Chimayó is a sacred location in Northern New Mexico. For the last 200 years people have made pilgrimages to the site after Bernardo Abeyeta, a local resident, miraculously discovered a holy cross in the hillside of the Chimayó Valley. In time, a chapel was built on the area where the cross was found, and the cross was placed in the sanctuary. Today, thousands of people make pilgrimages to the Santuario de Chimayó every year.

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