It is an annual tradition for many New Mexicans – the pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo or Tome Hill on Good Friday. KRQE News 13 is gathering social media posts from those who make the annual pilgrimage, send them to Report It.
Friday is expected to be breezy with warm temperatures.
El Santuario de Chimayo
According to Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert A. Garcia, deputies will increase patrols Thursday at 2 p.m. for the heavy trafficked roads: NM 502, 503 and U.S. 84/285.
Deputies will also patrol the Santuario area on foot and on bicycles.
They will also be handing out glow sticks to walkers Thursday evening to help make walkers more visible to motorists.
The sheriff’s office also advises that walkers should follow the safety tips below:
Wear bright clothing, especially if you are walking at night
Dress in layered clothing
Take a flashlight and water
Wear comfortable shoes
Walk on the east side of concrete road barriers
Don’t cross on to the roadway
Do not walk in highway medians
Walk in groups of at least three or more for safety reasons
Don’t drink and drive
Call 911 for emergencies
Tome Hill Pilgrimage
Pilgrims making the journey to Tome Hill are asked by the Town of Tome Land Grant owner/caretaker to follow the rules below:
No animals of any kind are allowed on the hill on Good Friday. This includes, not limited to, dogs, cats, horses, sheep and goats.
Show respect for the sight by limiting the use of cell phones and other electronic devices.
Do not leave additional crosses on the hill. Any crosses left will be removed by the land grant personnel.
Use caution when going up and down the hill. The Town of Tome Land Grant is not responsible for any injuries sustained while on or around the hill.
Vendors of any kind are not allowed on or near the hill and will be asked to leave by Land Grant personnel.
Please keep the site clean by using trash cans.