From fascinating museums and historic sites to unbelievable dining and shopping, Santa Fe provides a nearly neverending list of things to see, do, and experience. As the capital city of New Mexico, it can also quickly become filled with crowds of tourists. That’s why many visitors opt to stay in one of the smaller nearby villages for some peace and quiet. Chimayo is one of these towns and the perfect place to enjoy a memorable getaway in Northern New Mexico. If you’re asking, “How far is Chimayo from Santa Fe and what is there to do,” we’ve got you covered! Here is everything you need to know about Chimayo and why you should consider staying here during your next visit to Santa Fe.
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How Far is Chimayo From Santa Fe?
Great question! While you may be looking for a quiet and restful place to stay during your New Mexico vacation, it’s also understandable that you don’t want to be too far from all the activities in Santa Fe. Chimayo is located 35-minutes north of Santa Fe, peacefully nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains.
From Downtown Santa Fe, start on N. Guadalupe Street and merge onto Taos Highway (US-84 N/US-285 N.). After driving approximately 15 miles, turn right onto State Road 503/NM-503. You’ll stay on this road for about eight miles before turning left onto Juan Medina Road. Turn left again at State Road 76/NM-76.
3 Things to Do in Chimayo, NM
1. Visit the El Santuario de Chimayo
The El Santuario de Chimayo
is our village’s most treasured gem. Hundreds of years ago, it was the site of an unbelievable miracle in the Catholic community. Today, it is the final destination for the Chimayo Pilgrimage, also known as the Holy Pilgrimage
, that takes place each year during the Holy Weekend. Visitors from all over the nation trek to the historic church to pray, ask for divine intervention, give praise for their blessings, and reap the benefits of the legendary Chimayo Holy Dirt
2. Dine Out
There are several memorable Chimayo, NM restaurants
to choose from, most of which you won’t be able to find anywhere else! The one that comes most highly recommended of all them all is the Rancho de Chimayo
, an award-winning restaurant that has been credited with playing an integral role in bringing authentic New Mexican foods into the international spotlight. They serve a variety of authentic New Mexican dishes, tasty cocktails, and warm hospitality.
3. Explore the Chimayo Museum
Chimayo is one of the most historic locations in New Mexico! Therefore, there are plenty of stories and centuries-old artifacts to discover. The Chimayo Museum
is dedicated to educating the public about the rich history of Chimayo through several collections, special events, and a community preservation association. The museum is also housed in the Ortega Home where the world-renowned Ortega family of Chimayo weavers resided.
The Best Place to Stay During Your New Mexico Getaway
Located in the historic village of Chimayo, our unique bed & breakfast inn is unlike any other northern New Mexico accommodation. With traditional charm in a tranquil mountain setting, you’ll hardly find a better place to experience the culture of the Southwest. Each of our guest rooms
boasts New Mexican antiques and decor with all the modern luxuries you desire. Our guests will also be treated to a hot breakfast
with a unique Southwest flair each morning. Whether you’re traveling to enjoy some quality time together or “just because,” you’ll want to take advantage of Casa Escondida’s exclusive vacation New Mexico vacations packages
your next New Mexico getaway with us today! We look forward to seeing you soon.
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