Through the years the story of the crucifix became intertwined with earlier Native American beliefs that the earth here has healing properties. Pilgrims gather dirt from the floor of the Santuario de Chimayo, whose walls are filled with discarded crutches, photographs, and other tokens of those who have received cures here.
Did You Know? The most popular time to visit Chimayo is during Easter week, when many pilgrims walk from Santa Fe, 25 miles to the south.
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Lori Erickson is one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She’s the author of the Near the Exit: Travels With the Not-So-Grim Reaper and Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God. Her website Spiritual Travels features holy sites around the world.