Staying Safe during the Santuario de ChimayĆ³ Pilgrimage

Editor | - April 5, 2012

"...a list of suggested precautions and additional information for the pilgrimage"

Photo: Jerry Friedman

The Santa Fe County Fire Department would like to remind Santuario De Chimayó pilgrims to take appropriate safety precautions during their pilgrimage. Below is a list of suggested precautions and additional information for the pilgrimage.

  • Stay on the path marked for pedestrians and follow signage, do not walk in the road
  • Do not walk alone
  • Notify someone you will be walking and where you are leaving from
  • Carry plenty of water to drink and food/snacks
  • Dress weather-appropriate and wear layers to adjust to the changing weather
  • Wear bright-visible colors and something reflective, like reflective tape or glow sticks that is easily visible from the front and back
  • Avoid wearing black or other dark colors
  • Carry a flashlight

Public Safety agencies will prohibit parking and vendor set up on all right of ways including: County Road 98, State Highway 76 and State Highway 503. This change is required to improve emergency vehicle access throughout the route.

Over 21 Public Safety Agencies representing Federal, State, Tribal and County Governments will come together for the pilgrimage. Planning and coordination has occurred as a joint venture between Rio Arriba and Santa Fe County Emergency Management Offices, non-government emergency partners will assists as in years past. The National Incident Management System will be in place to provide an immediate emergency response if needed.

Additional Information from the North Central Regional Transit District.

The North Central Regional Transit District will be adding additional buses along its Espanola to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, March 29.

Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (the first bus begins at 8:00 and the second at 8:30) departing from the RTD stop on the north side of the Big Rock Phillips 66 station in front of the Santa Claran Hotel. The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple stops in each direction along the way. The route concludes at the Benny Chavez Center located at the County Road 98 (Juan Medina Rd.) turnoff from NM 76, as it will be prevented from making its normally scheduled stop in the Santuario parking lot. It then makes its way back to Española.

Delays will be unavoidable due to the heavy pedestrian traffic along the route. Regular passengers of that route need to be aware that buses will not be at the designated scheduled stops at their normally posted time. It is also important to note that drivers are not allowed to pick up passengers along the route except at posted stops.