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El Santuario de Chimayó

Pilgrimage & Mission Experience

with Holy Name Parish

About This Trip

Enjoy prayer, service and recreation time, unparalleled natural beauty, and fun in Northern New Mexico with your fellow “peregrinos” (pilgrims) from Holy Name. 

We will be spending our time and efforts in the historic community of Truchas, New Mexico. The goal is to help restore parish facilities for future pilgrims and parishioners. This is an opportunity to invest in a community that has been showing hospitality and support to pilgrims on their way to Holy Chimayó for years! Our last day will be spent walking the 9 miles from Truchas to El Santuario de Chimayó as true pilgrims.

Registration Deadline: June/25/2024


Location:  New Mexico

Date:  July 25 - 28, 2024

Type:  Pilgrimage and Mission 

Price: $450

This trip is physically demanding.  There are aspects of both manual labor and walking multiple miles, weather conditions can vary wildly, and if you are not physically active you should start putting some miles underfoot now to prepare.


  • All lodging
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day
  • Spiritual talks, reflection and silence
  • Creatio Guides


  • Personal Gear 
  • Transportation



What is 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.
What is a Walking Pilgrimage?

During a walking pilgrimage, each step makes us conscious of the direction of our lives, of where we are going. As we walk we see how our lives are like a voyage filled with joy, effort, beauty, suffering, surprises, goals, adventure, love and expectation. But our life is not only “like” a pilgrimage, it is in fact a pilgrimage from birth to death; in this world we are only “strangers and sojourners” (1 Pe. 2:11). “For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.” (1 Tim 6:7) We are all pilgrims, and this life, this passage, is the time we are given to reach the eternal goal.

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.

Where will I be sleeping?

One of the best parts of pilgrimage is living a simple life for a week. That being said, you will stay with some of the most hospitable people in all of New Mexico! Our hosts show us how good it is to be received as a pilgrim.

Because this is a pilgrimage, conditions may not exactly be 5 star, but there will always be a safe shelter to rest your head for the night. In Truchas, we stay on church floors and big parish halls so make sure to bring your own sleeping pad and bag!

Do I need to train for this trip?

We highly advise training as much as you can before this pilgrimage! Also advised is training in the same shoes you will wear while walking to Chimayo, this allows your feet to become accustomed to your shoes and not get blisters.

All Creatio Guides are trained Wilderness First Responders.

packing list

  • Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Pad
  • Closed Toed Shoes for Working
  • Walking Shoes
  • Appropriate Hiking Clothing
  • Water Bottles (3L capacity)
  • Rest Shoes for Not Walking (Sandals) 


  • Backpacking Pack
  • Sunglasses and Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Prayer Materials

    *A full list will be included in your participant guide. 


Day 1 (Thurs. July 25 ): Depart Denver and drive to Truchas, New Mexico approx. 6 hours. 

Day 2 (Fri. July 26): Work on Nuestra Señora del Rosario pilgrim albergue and parish space. 

Day 3 (Sat, July 27): Work on Nuestra Señora del Rosario pilgrim albergue and parish space. 

Day 4 (Sun, July 28): Walking day: Truchas→ Chimayó (9mi). Mass. Time to explore and pray at the Santuario de Chimayó. Drive back to Denver. 


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