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 guides 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!
This pilgrimage is physically demanding. The terrain is rugged, weather conditions can vary wildly, and if you are not physically active you should start putting some miles underfoot now to prepare.
Participants should plan to depart from St. Thomas More on April 26 in the early evening/after work. The group will then drive to Taos, in Northern New Mexico. We will begin walking towards Chimayó the following morning.
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 17.5 miles for a total of nearly 45 miles on foot.
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.”
The Route (Subject to Modification)
Day 1: Depart St. Thomas More for Taos, NM in the evening
Day 2: Depart Taos for Peñasco, walking through the Carson National Forest. Approximately 17.5 miles.*
Day 3: Walk through the sleepy New Mexican village of Las Trampas and arrive in Truchas for the night. Approximately 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. Approximately 11 miles. Return to Denver.
*Distances are approximate and subject to revision
Approximate Route - Subject to Modification
A Pilgrimage? But, Why?!
Pilgrimage is the structure of our entire lives. Psalm 84:5 reminds us that “Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.” Another translation makes the clear the Psalm’s meaning “Happy are the people whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” Zion for the Jewish pilgrim was much more than city, it signified their eternal end and God’s permanent residence among the Jewish People. As Christians, we see that our true Zion, the true destination of our life’s journey, is union with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Heaven, the heavenly Zion.
Each step of a walking pilgrimage reminds us makes us conscious of the direction of our lives, of where we are going.
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.