Chimayo Travel Guide
The stunning little Spanish-flavored town of Chimayo is one of the real gems along the super-scenic High Road that runs from Santa Fe to Taos. Northern New Mexico is over-endowed with eye-popping scenery, and the only way to explore it is by car. The traditional weaving village of Chimayo is a must-see, both for its legendary church and the abundance of authentic artisans and their shops.
The High Road, or the King’s Road, as it was known when the Spanish held sway in the region, is one of the most scenic drives in America. Passing through lowlands of yellow and pink sandstone dotted with apple orchards and chili farms, visitors will eventually arrive at Chimayo 26 miles north of Santa Fe.
This small village has no town center per se, so you’ll need your car to hop from place to place. The mainly Hispanic families who live here still practice their traditional art of weaving, which is the focus of Chimayo’s art scene. There are a handful of homes that have been turned into galleries and shops, as well as one of the tastiest little cafes in New Mexico. But don’t miss checking out the mysterious Sanctuary of Chimayo, which is renowned for its healing powers.
Santuario de Chimayo (Sanctuary of Chimayo): the highlight of Chimayo is this picturesque little church which has been attracting devout pilgrims for its healing powers since it was built in 1816.
Chimayo Trading and Mercantile: one of the best shops in town has a wide selection of local arts and crafts as well as Kachina dolls and other treasures from regional Native American tribes.
Leona’s Restaurant: right next to the Sanctuary is this fantastic and simple little cafe, where you can eat some of the finest tacos and burritos on the planet.
Art Studio Tours: during the fall, local artists open their doors to visitors for a number of specially scheduled tours which offer a rare glimpse at local life.
Ortega’s Weaving Shop: one of the oldest families in Chimayo still practices the traditional art of weaving and has a wonderful shop which is well worth a look.
Santa Cruz Lake: just a few miles outside of Chimayo is this scenic lake which is popular with anglers and boaters during the warm months.