Deputies hope to keep Chimayo Walk safe

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The faithful have already started making the trek to El Santuario de Chimayo and law enforcement has started increased traffic patrols along the most popular routes.

Thousands more people will join those Thursday night and Friday, making the annual Good Friday pilgrimage to Chimayo to show their faith and sacrifice.

Many pilgrims believe the soil at El Santuario de Chimayo has healing powers.

Several law enforcement agencies are working together to make sure those pilgrims stay safe along their trek.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office increased patrols starting Tuesday along the most used routes of U.S. 84-285 and N.M. 502 and 503.

They’ll also have foot patrols in the Chimayo area and deputies will hand out glow sticks to walkers to make them more visible.

If you’re driving in this area, slow down and keep an eye out.

“Of course we want them to be fully aware of the route, the walkers themselves, be aware there will be a lot of pedestrian traffic along U.S. 84-285, State Road 503 and towards Chimayo,” said Capt. Adan Mendoza.

The sheriff’s office will also have a DWI checkpoint during the pilgrimage.

The state Department of Transportation is asking law enforcement agencies to stop concession and roadside stands along the pilgrimage route for the safety of the crowds.

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