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Santa Fe steps up preparations for Chimayo pilgrimage

CHIMAYO, N.M. — Santa Fe County authorities will step up efforts for the annual Good Friday pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo.

Tens of thousands of devotees are expected Thursday evening through Good Friday.

Some will be making the 90-mile, three-day walk from Albuquerque to the shrine that houses “el pocito,” a small pit of dirt that some believe possesses curing powers.

First aid stations will be set up along State Highway 503, County Road 76 and at the Chimayo fire station.

The sheriff’s office also will be conducting a DWI checkpoint and will be distributing hundreds of glow sticks to pilgrims to help with visibility.

Chimayo is a National Historic Landmark, and some 200,000 people are estimated to visit each year, with the bulk occurring during Holy Week.