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Chimayó is located in Northern New Mexico, approximately 30 miles north of Santa Fe.  Native peoples have inhabited this area for over a thousand year.  Spanish colonists arrived 400 years ago.  These cultures are still vibrant in this region.
Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel in Chimayó is dedicated to children. Its whimsical décor is reminiscent of childhood, with carved trees, birds, flowers and fanciful sculptures. A nearby shrine holds hundreds of pairs of tiny shoes, thank you tokens for miracles received.
The 56-mile High Road to Taos  is a scenic, winding road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. It traverses high desert, mountains, forests, small farms, tiny Spanish Land Grant villages and Pueblo Indian villages. Scattered along the way are many the galleries and studios. 
The best route when driving from Santa Fe to Chimayó is to turn east off of 84/285 onto Highway 503 in Nambe.  Take 503 east and then turn left on Juan Medina road to Chimayo.  The scenery is a vast expanse of red sandstone cliffs with mountains in the background.
The wonderful restaurant, Rancho de Chimayó,was honored as one of New Mexico’s Culinary Treasures in March 2014. They serve excellent food in a casual atmosphere - in a historic adobe building. The James Beard Foundation anointed this locally owned restaurant with a James Beard Foundation Award and designate them as one of America’s Classics.  
Santa Fe is only 30 minutes south of Chimayó and offers historical sites, galleries, casual and fine dining, shopping and world-class museums. The New Mexico History Museum at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe  The Palace of the Governors was built in 1610 and is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. Enjoy the museum and meet Native artists on the building’s long porch. The Miraculous Staircase in the Chapel of Loretto, said to have been build by St. Joseph himself.  Visit a few other famous sites in Santa Fe, such as the La Fonda Hotel, once a Harvey House providing comfortable lodging and satisfying food to travelers on the Santa Fe Railroad. If you love galleries and quaint cafes, wander down Canyon Road.
Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and it’s only a 90 minute drive from Chimayó.  The Sandia Peak Tramway is a must! As is the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center.  Annual events such as the Balloon Fiesta and the State Fair draw thousands of visitors.
The drive north from Chimayó to the AbIquiu area is one of the most scenic in the state.  Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keeffe found so much inspiration,is in this region, as is the Rio Chama, Echo Amphitheater, AbIquiu Lake and much more!
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The El Santuario de Chimayó  is a Roman Catholic church in Chimayó built in 1810.  This shrine, is a National Historic Landmark. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the United States.
Things to Do in Northern NM
If you would like to visit an abandoned Pueblo and Spanish mission church in the area, visit Pecos National Historical Park which was built in 1100AD and occupied for 400 years.  The walls of a Spanish mission church still stand.  Climb down into an ancient kiva - a circular underground ceremonial chamber - and imagine the rituals that took place there 1000 years ago.  Pecos ruins are 36 minutes south of Santa Fe.
Los Alamos and Bandelier The famous town of Los Alamos is less than an hour’s drive from Chimayo.  The drive up and out of the Rio Grande valley is spectacular!  There is an Atomic Museum in Los Alamos.  Bandelier is only a few miles from Los Alamos and features ancient native ruins that you can visit by hiking.