Chimayó

Chimayó is a small town in North Central New Mexico. At the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Chimayó is most well-known for its famed church that has a reputation for delivering miracles. Originally a Spanish farming settlement, Chimayó is part of a string of villages along NM 76 that haven't changed much over the course of time, offering a unique look at life in such a setting.

Get in

Albuquerque is the nearest city with a major airport, although Santa Fe has off-again, on-again commercial jet service as well. Chimayó is reachable from Santa Fe on good and scenic 2-lane roads, but be a bit careful driving on them in the winter, as this is high country and mountain snowstorms can make a nasty mess out of a good road in remarkably short order. NM 76 east from Española or NM 503 northeast from Pojoaque will bring you to Chimayó. The NCRTD provides a free bus service on weekdays to Española, with connections to Santa Fe, Taos, and other communities in North Central New Mexico.

See

Santuario de Chimayo

Do

Buy

Eat

Sleep

Stay safe

Chimayó has a lamentably well-founded reputation as a center for narcotics trafficking, being on the "pipeline" for drugs coming into the United States from Mexico. Mind your own business and you won't have any problems, but this is a place where you do not want to interrupt a drug transaction, even inadvertently. Keeping a low profile in town (which mainly means sticking to the main road) is a very good idea.

Go next

Española is just to the west on NM 76 and serves as the primary commercial center for the immediate area, with more dining and lodging options. Chimayó is situated near the base of the High Road to Taos, a set of roads that lead through several historic and predominately Hispanic villages along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Española and Taos. NM 76 continues northeast from Chimayó, climbing a steep and winding road to the village of Truchas, where you will get a spectacular view over the valley and the surrounding mountains. From there, it continues into the mountains through several more villages before reaching Taos; detailed directions for the route can be found on the North Central New Mexico page.

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