El Santuario de Chimayo

On the way down to Hubbell Trading Post NHS in northeast Arizona, we stopped at El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, New Mexico. I had never been there and my wife hadn't been there in 18 years, she said that the area had changed so much that we got turned around quite a bit before we got on the right road. The inside of the sanctuary is amazing-ancient hand made wooden statues of various saints and Christ along with gorgeous hand painted retablos, it is such a peaceful and holy site, it is easy to see why miracles happen there. The folk art alone is a religious experience!

Here's a Ganado style rug that I purchased at Hubbell's. When I worked there as a National Park ranger in the very early 1990's I was too poor to even buy a Navajo saddle blanket, now I'm making up for it!


  1. I'm experiencing flashbacks looking at that rug!

  2. What kind of flashbacks, Tico? Did you once work at a trading post that sold Navajo rugs?


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