October 31-November 3 Pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó

Camino de Chimayó Pilgrimage

Journey through Mystical New Mexico on All Saints and All Souls Days

This video was filmed on a Young Adult pilgrimage in March 2019.  Your experience will be different than the pilgrimage featured here, especially in terms of weather, accommodations, and dining, however your pilgrimage will help support Creatio’s continued work with young adults and the community around El Santuario de Chimayó.

About This Trip

About the Walk

Creatio’s experienced guides will lead you on this pilgrimage. Our guides have travelled this route many times; in fact, we helped create it!

This tour is designed for walking pilgrims with all levels of experience wishing to visit some of the most important spiritual sites in New Mexico and seeking to enjoy the beauty of mountains, forests, hot springs, faith traditions, art, food, and culture.

What’s Included

As a pilgrim with Creatio, all meals during the pilgrimage, lodgings, transportation and visits to points of interest are prearranged and included in the cost of the trip. ”


October 31 – November 3, 2019*


*OPTIONAL whitewater rafting day – depart from Denver October 30

Add $260/person for river rafting, lodging and transportation


$899 per person

+$150 for single occupancy**

**$899 is for shared rooms with one other person (choice of queen or two single beds). Additionally, special fireplace and Kiva room options are available for an extra cost at Ojo Caliente Spa.  Please inquire if interested.


  • Outstanding accommodations at the Abiquiu Inn, Ojo Caliente Spa, and Christ in the Desert Monastery
  • Private transportation to/from Denver***
  • All meals, including dinner at the award winning Artesian restaurant
  • Travel Insurance

***Transportation can be arranged from other cities and airports for an extra cost.

Our Itinerary (Subject to Modification)

(Optional): Day 0 – 10/30 – Drive to Chama, NM

Where we visit: Chama, NM

Meeting Location:  Creatio HQ – St. Joseph’s Church, 623 Fox Street, Denver, CO 80204

We will meet at Creatio HQ in Denver for your transfer to Chama, NM, and spend the night in Chama near the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation. The next morning we meet our guides at El Vado for a day journey along the upper Chama river. Our guides will drop us off at the Monastery in time for All Saints day Vespers with the monks. Note: Flow on the Chama river is determined by reservoir release – in case of low flow on the Chama, the rafting outfitter offers the option of cancelation or rafting on the Rio Grande instead.

Meals: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1 – 10/31 Arrival at Christ in the Desert Monastery

Where we visit: Christ of the Desert Monastery

Meeting Location: Creatio HQ – St. Joseph’s Church, 623 Fox Street, Denver, CO 80204

We will meet in Denver for your van transfer to the Monastery in New Mexico. The remote Benedictine Monastery is hidden between spectacular mesas and the Chama river valley. Thomas Merton, who visited the monastery numerous times and was planning to retire there, remarked about it’s spectacular architecture: “This is the best monastic building in the country”. We will arrive in the evening at Christ in the Desert in time for prayer with the monks and to enjoy the incredible silence and star filled skies of New Mexico’s high desert.

Meal: Dinner

Day 2 – 11/1 – Walk to the Ghost Ranch 

Where we visit: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu 

After Mass and breakfast, the pilgrimage will begin with a short hike through a trail towards the Ghost Ranch. At the midway point, Creatio’s guide and support vehicle will be waiting with an excellent pilgrim lunch worthy of the All Saints Solemnity. Pigrlims who wish to catch a ride can end their walk here, or continue hiking all the way to Ghost Ranch in the afternoon. At the Ghost Ranch you can enjoy the breathtaking desert views and identify multiple Hollywood movies that chose this location as their setting. In the afternoon, enjoy the charming Abiquiu Inn for a joyful dinner and a well earned rest in your adobe style room with a fireplace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – 11/2 – Walk through Carson National Forest and optional bike to the Hot Springs

Where we visit: Ojo Caliente Hot Springs

In the morning, we’ll make our way along Ghost Ranch’s most famous hiking trail to the mesas in Carson National Forest. Those who wish to continue the journey can mountain bike across the forest to Ojo Caleinte Hot Springs. Otherwise take our van to Ojo Caliente and enjoy its healing mineral hot springs all afternoon. At night we will gather for dinner at Ojo Caliente’s awarded Artesian restaurant for some of the best Southwestern food in northern New Mexico.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – 11/3 – Walk to Chimayo

Where we visit: Chimayo

In the morning, we will leave Ojo Caleinte by van to cross the Rio Grande river and head towards the mountain town of Truchas. From Truchas we walk the last few miles into Chimayo in time for a Mass of Thanksgiving. After Mass we celebrate with a lunch at Rancho de Taos with typical regional food and plenty of margaritas. After lunch we return to Denver.

A Pilgrimage? But why?

A pilgrimage is ancient tradition practiced throughout different cultures and religions. Pilgrimages have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, perhaps as a counterbalance to modern-day’s fast paced and digital 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. People have made pilgrimages to the site for more than 200 years, even since 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.

Voluntary Donations

This all-inclusive Creatio pilgrimage is affordable yet comparable in quality with the best guided tours available.

We want to continue to offer this service to thousands more. Ricardo Simmonds, Creatio’s founder, is embarking on a fundraising campaign to make Creatio the leading national Catholic outdoor organization.

On the last day of the pilgrimage Ricardo will invite trip participants to pledge to become Creatio donors. Recommended pledges will range from $0, to $1000, $5000, $10,000 or more per family.

Donations are voluntary and anonymous, unless the donors wish to disclose them.

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