From Nambé Pueblo, head down Highway 503 to a T junction, where you make a hard left to follow the main road and begin the descent into the valley of Chimayó, site of the largest mass pilgrimage in the United States. During Holy Week, thousands of people converge at Santuario de Chimayó.
Chimayó has also been a weaving center for centuries, commercially known since 1900, when Hispano weavers started selling locally crafted “Indian” blankets to tourists. Ortega’s (County Rd. 98, 505/351-2288, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.) is one of the longest-established shops, at the intersection with Highway 76.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition