About This Experience
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. Enjoy prayer and recreation time, unparalleled natural beauty, and fun with your fellow “peregrinos” (pilgrims) as you make the trek.
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! Accommodations can be customized to the needs and desires of the group and range from a more traditional pilgrim experience to a more luxurious one.
We have several route options, with multiple four day / 50 mile routes, to an extended 75 mile route over six days. Daily distances range from nine to 18 miles, depending on the group and the terrain.
You’ll spend most of your time walking in the Carson National Forest. 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.
After Chimayó, nearby Santa Fe is a popular stop for lunch and a tour of the Loretto Chapel and St. Joseph’s Staircase.
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
Spring & Fall
Typical Trip Itinerary
- Day 1: Depart from Denver, arrive in Taos in the evening
- Day 2: Walk to Penasco, spend the night
- Day 3: Walk to Truchas, spend the night
- Day 4: Arrive in Chimayó in the morning, spend the day at the shrine, drive back to Denver in the evening