Chimayo Travel Guide

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Chimayo Things to Do

  • Serene and Spiritual

    El Santuario de Chimayo known as the Lourdes of America. Known for centuries for its healing power, people seeking cures and worshipers continue to descend on this small church. As we walk from the parking lot there are cross structures built of stone and hundreds of crutches along the fence. Entering the courtyard of this small church, there is an...

  • El Santuario de Chimayó

    While you may find many of New Mexico’s beautiful churches closed, and be forced to admire only from outside, the Santuario de Chimayó is in contrast a very active and open church, whatever the time of day. Pilgrims make their way here year round, although there is a special importance attached to making the pilgrimage in Holy Week. As you make...

  • Capella de Santo Niño de Atocha

    A short walk from the Santurio is another beautiful chapel – in fact, I found the interior of the Capella de Santo Niño de Atocha even more lovely than its (slightly) more famous neighbour. It holds a statue of the Christ Child (El Santo Niño de Atocha), brought here from the shrine dedicated to him in Mexico in the mid nineteenth century. As with...

  • Drive El Camino de Muerte

    See map at of the red dots on the highway between Espanola and the village of Chimayo represents 4 to 65 vehicle collisions - a third of which were DWI 'accidents'. The newly released crash map (created by the nonprofit DWI Resource Center, the state Transportation Department and law enforcement...

  • Chimayó pilgrimages

    See New Mexico Office of the State Historian : Santuario de Chimayó are pre-Puebloan ruins near the Santuario de Chimayó which predate the arrival of the Spanish by at least 600 years and the roads and paths to Chimayó have apparently been traveled by pilgrims since long before the...

  • Chimayó: Plaza Del Cerro

    “Almost forgotten, overgrown with weeds and crumbling back to earth, the Plaza del Cerro seems to belong, as its name suggest, to the hills themselves. Indeed, the Plaza del Cerro is located at the very foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains below the Cerro de Chimayó—a towering hill called Tsi Mayoh in the Tewa language of the Pueblo Indians...

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  • Miracles Abound

    Just outside the chapel and El Posito are remnants of old lives .... crutches, canes, braces and more are on display in gratitude for the miracle cures received by their past owners. Known as the Lourdes of North America pilgrims come from all over - especially at Easter. The Easter pilgrims arrive by foot ... walking from Taos (40 miles), Santa Fe...

  • El Posito

    Miracle healings began to occur in Chimayo, and pilgrims began to arrive in droves. Over time, the crucifix and it's healing power became overshadowed by the dirt in El Posito, the sacred sand pit. As the former home of this powerful crucifix, this miracle dirt has also been attributed with miraculous cures.Of course, the local native tribes and...


Chimayo Hotels

  • Casa Escondida

    P.O. Box 142, Rural Road 0100 #62, Off Nm 76 At Road Marker 0100, Chimayo, New Mexico, 87522, United

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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Chimayo Restaurants

  • Restaurant reopens October 18th

    Rancho de Chimayó will reopen Oct. 18 with a grand opening 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 featuring an open house with self-guided tours of the restaurant, bar, outdoor patios and new kitchen, music and complimentary refreshments but no table service.For more information, call 505-351-4444 or 505-984-2100 or visit "In...

  • restaurant reopening (update)

    Rancho de Chimayó is currently scheduled to reopen in late August of 2009 (see website) after more than a year long delay, which was the result of the entire restaurant having to be brought up to current commercial building codes after the fire that damaged its kitchen in July 2008. The teenage arsonist who was responsible for setting the fire was...

  • Traditional Northern New Mexican...

    Leona Medina-Tiede started selling her tortillas nearly thirty years ago from a roadside stand and now has a modest restaurant located next to El Santuario in Chimayó that offers dining alfresco. In addition to such things as tacos, burritos (including Chicharrón) and burgers, the menu includes a variety of traditional Northern NM dishes such as...


Chimayo Nightlife

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    by VinceRamos Written May 29, 2009

    One of the few remaining road-side bars in the area and very historical as a local hangout. Good place to get out of the sun and meet la gente. Establishment usually opens mid-morning and closes after business drops off in the evenings, sometimes has live music on week-ends. Biker friendly ...if you don't go all macho.

    Dress Code: Casual - in fact the more casual the better

    Chile Rojo Tavern
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Chimayo Shopping

  • Plastic-glow-in-the-dark Madonnas!

    This little place is just to the right of the Santuario as you come up from the upper parking lot. In addition to snacks and fluids, you can find a virtual mecca of tacky churchy stuff here. We came looking after seeing those glow in the dark Madonnas that hold holy water ... of course we now own a few in the family :) There are also small tins...

  • Holy Chile

    A trip to Chimayo is incomplete without a purchase of Chimayo Holy Chile. I know people from all over the country who stock up on the chile while they are in Chimayo. In addition to chile, which can be bought in a couple different places in the town, there is also a great souvenir shop for buying kitschy religious artifacts such as milagro covered...

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Chimayo Local Customs

  • Legends of El Santuario de Chimayó

    I have described, in my Things to Do tip about the Santuario, the legend of how the church was first built on the site of the discovery of a crucifix. The man who made this discovery was Bernardo de Abeyta. What is less often told is the story of this site before Abeyta ever saw that light in the soil and dug up the crucifix. According to the...

  • Chimayó Chile

    Chimayó’s Chile Culture:"...Unlike larger, mass-produced chiles grown in other parts of the state—whose conformity makes them perfect in the way that iceberg lettuce is perfect—Chimayó chiles are unpredictable. A single plant might produce some chiles as long as six or seven...

  • Geophagy

    News item: Clay May Help Fight Drug-Resistant Germs, Researchers Find (Bloomberg April 6, 2008) "Healing" clays have been known for years to soak up toxins produced by bacteria, which can limit the spread of infection. But now, research at Arizona State University shows some forms of clay actually kill salmonella, E. coli, MRSA and Mycobacterium...


Chimayo Warnings and Dangers

  • Chimayo Crime

    Visitors to Chimayó should be aware that drug related crime is on the rise again in our community and should exercise care to avoid being victimized by it.Despite a 2000 law enforcement effort and some self aggrandizing reports that the 'drug war' here has been won as a result, Chimayó continues to have the highest per capita rate for deaths from...

  • Rattlesnakes

    Rattlesnakes in Chimayó typically come out of hibernation and begin to become active in the spring and remain so until late fall. The sensation of burning is the first and most-often reported symptom that distinguishes a snakebite as venomous. Some pain without a burning feeling usually indicates the probability of a dry bite. However if bitten,...

  • Gang activity

    The North Side Locos are active in Chimayó and also in communities such as Española.According to local law enforcement officials other gangs (and wannabes) which frequent Chimayó include the following:• West Side Locos and the Mann Street 13 (WSL 13 clique).• Barrio West Side and the APT (Alto Park Thugs - a BWS clique).• West Side 700 Block (from...


Chimayo Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit El Centro Family Health Clinic

    Get off the tourist trail and discover what's really going on: There's a local epidemic of heroin use in this area and El Centro Family Health Clinict is reportedly having an 80% rate of success with treating opiate addiction using Suboxone (which contains Narcan, an opiate-overdose antidote, and buprenorphine, a drug that stops opioids such as...

  • Chimayo NM: Semana Santa (Holy Week)

    CHIMAYO, N.M. — “It’s not the dirt that makes the miracles!” the Rev. Casimiro Roca said with exasperation.New York Times Feb 18th, 2008Chimayo Journal A Pastor Begs to Differ With Flock on Miracles

  • The Local Cemetary

    Heading north from el Santuario itself and past the Restaurante Performing Arts, you will cross a main traffic street and see the local cemetary. I found the cemetary very interesting because of the elaborate ironwork gates around the plots and all of the decorations. Most graves are covered with bouquets of fake flowers and many are accompanied...


Chimayo Favorites

  • “Holy chile”

    As well as visiting the two chapels in Chimayó, do make time to explore the various shops and galleries. Several nationally known weavers live and work here, members of the Ortega and Trujillo families, and both have workshops which can be visited. But there are also several other galleries and craft shops, selling a diverse mix of goods. We liked...

  • Chimayó interactive map and links (new)

    Excellent links to local Chimayo businesses and attractions at also a very useful interactive Map of Chimayó Area at - both from the Chimayó Association of Businesses

  • Must read this article to understand...

    Land of Disenchantment By Angela Garcia (April 2006) Garcia is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Harvard University. She lives in Velarde, New Mexico. Some names in this article have been changed to protect confidentiality. "Each spring during Holy Week, the state highway between Santa Fe and Taos...


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    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    News item: The body of a 46-year-old man was found near a tree along a river-side walking path near N.M. 76 in Chimayó on Saturday. There were no signs of foul play in the area, and the man is suspected to have died of a drug overdose, according to police. Santa Fe New Mexican Aug 13,2013

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    Jul 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    "Day Trippin' : Lazy Sunday in Chimayó" By Enrique Limón [] "...Another must is Lowlow’s Lowrider Art Place []. Helmed by Arthur “Lowlow” Medina, the makeshift gallery (and future site of the Lowrider Museum) is easily distinguishable by its depiction of a chile-loving Jesus." Corner of Juan Medina Road CR 98 and Santuario Drive (No. 25). Open whenever, usually daily.

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