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Hi, I will do a pilgrimage from ABQ to Chimayo. is there anone that can inform me about the path, and so on. I just moved to Albuquerque and know very less about the area. Many thanks and blessings, Eva
You mean terrain-wise?
It's fairly flat until you get just outside of Santa Fe and away from the river, then it goes up pretty consistently. The last part is on a curvy, two-lane back road (NM 503), and that may be a bit treacherous.
I'm not sure how the pilgrimage would get between Albuquerque and Santa Fe either. There's a bit of a back way through the reservations, but you may still have to jump on I-25.
What will be your mode of transportation????
Eva, I have one tip on Chimayo and how to get there in my Things to Do tips for Questa; however, by far the best tips are by kymbanm on her Chimayo travel page. Even though she is in love now and does not spend as much time on VT, I bet she would answer a question if you e-mailed her directly.
Presuming that you're walking: unless you want to spend a lot of time trudging along the interstate I'd suggest making arrangements for someone to drop you off in Pojoaque and to pick you up later in Chimayó - it's about an 11 mile hike from the intersection of US Highway 84/285 and State road 503 (11 miles south of Española and 15 miles northwest of Santa Fe). If you're adventurous take the time to Google up a map of Pojoaque and find a route through the Pueblo from the US 84/285 frontage road in the area of the City of Gold Casino to SR 503.
In any case be sure to let a friend know what you're planning to do and when you intend to return, so if you happen to run into trouble they'll be able to tell the authorities where to start looking. Also at this time of year the weather can suddenly change and the risk of hypothermia is increased, so Google wunderground.com/US/NM/Chima... before you begin and wear layers and/or carry additional clothing. In addition, because you're not going to be walking during Holy Week I'd suggest timing your trip so that it takes place during daylight since this road can be dangerous at night. Be sure to carry more water then you think you might need and also something to eat, since there's nothing but empty desert once you get past Nambé on SR 503.
While there are a few well trod and clearly evident 'shortcuts' off SR 503, they don't amount to much so you'll basically be walking alongside of this two lane blacktop road until you reach Santa Fe County Road 98 (it's well marked), which leads over the last hill and down to the Santuário de Chimayó.
Frankly I'd strongly recommend that you consider making the pilgrimage with a friend because at this time of the year you'll be the only person walking along the road and that can be risky, particularly for a woman.