Scenes From The Road: Pilgrimage To Chimayo

Walkers on the way to the Santuario. All photos in this story from the Valley Daily Post

Scenes From The Road: Pilgrimage To Chimayo

Staff Report

Every year on Good Friday the Valley Daily Post takes to the road and sees what is happening on the path to Chimayo. This year’s Good Friday is no different from usual, with people from around the world converging on the Santuario de Chimayo.

Tens of thousands of pilgrims made the walk to the sacred chapel in Chimayo. Some do it for a personal penance to reconnect with god, others in meditation and others to spend a great day in the sun with family and friends.

Thousands of people walk from Espanola, but several thousand others come from the south, where many will park their cars along the road between Pojoaque and Chimayo. Others set up rest areas and free refreshment stands to help out people who need a break.

This year a number of people also drove to the site resulting in bumper to bumper traffic for much of the road from Nambe to Chimayo.

Both Rio Arriba and Santa Fe County sheriff’s departments were out in force, with several deputies on bike to assist pilgrims. The Rio Arriba Sheriff’s department also had deputies on horseback, drawing many children to stop and talk to the mounted peacekeepers.

See below for more images from today’s scenes from the road.

This RV. offered drinks, food, and even snow cones.

As people got closer to the Santuario the automobile traffic backed up for miles.