The Colorado Front Range chapter of American Pilgrims covers the area between Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado centered on Denver and Boulder.
The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.
- To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
- To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
- To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the Colorado Front Range region.
Contact chapter coordinators Kris Ashton, Chris Petty and Gene McCullough at ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org for more information.
We invite you to sign up for the chapter's email list! And you might also think about joining the national American Pilgrims on the Camino. The local chapters exist because the national organization supports them. Why should you consider doing that? Check out this video!
- Our chapter now has its very own sello! If you've already requested and received your credential, we can make an arrangement for you to receive your first stamp (sello) before you leave home. Just email us. We will try to have the sello at all chapter events as well. (This sello doesn't actually do anything for you other than indicate that you're on your way!)
- Don't have your credential yet? You can request a credential from American Pilgrims on the Camino! Credentials are free, but donations are always cheerfully accepted.
- Looking for a day hike in the Front Range area? We'd suggest checking out the website Day Hikes near Denver! If you live between Larkspur and Longmont there will be something to your liking close by.
- Several times a year American Pilgrims provides the required training to serve as an hospitalero in albergues on the Camino. In recent years one of these has been held at a facility in the Black Forest just north of Colorado Springs. If you live Colorado and that's something you've been thinking about, these sessions will be a golden opportunity to obtain the training without incurring an expensive airline ticket! Announcements of all trainings are made to (paying) members of the national American Pilgrims on the Camino. Why not join and be alerted immediately when Colorado sessions are announced! See the Hospitaleros page for requirements and further information!
- You've arrived! You have your compostela. You've attended the Pilgrims' Mass. You've hugged the Saint. Now what? Read this blog entry by the venerable Johnnie Walker: 20 things to see and do in Santiago de Compostela.
- There are a thousand and one packing lists out there but this packing list is our take on the topic.
- And lastly, the Xunta de Galicia has produced a document "Emergency Guidebook for Pilgrims on the Way of St. James." It's filled with good practical ideas and planning and preparation and important information about safety.
The Colorado Front Range Chapter schedules walks, talks, potlucks and much more!
To see what we’re doing, please visit the Local Chapter Events Calendar and select our chapter name in the "All Events Category" pull-down menu. This will filter to display only our chapter's events.
Denver and Wheat Ridge, CO
Choral concert: Musical Wanderings: Songs of Pilgrimage
St. Martin's Chamber Choir
Friday, November 8th, 7:30 PM, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Denver
Saturday, November 9th, 7:30 PM, St. Paul Community of Faith, Denver
Sunday, November 10th, 3:00 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge
Music is intrinsic to the Camino. Indeed, the 12th-century tome that in some sense is the basis of the Camino, the Codex Calixtinus, has as its first book the treatise on music and sermons related to St. James. The Codex holds an important place in the history of the Camino and of western music.
Musical Wanderings: Songs of Pilgrimage will take the listener on a virtual pilgrimage on the Camino - from the first step, through Burgos, León and Palencia to the destination, Santiago de Compostela. Beginning and ending with music taken from the Codex, the journey itself will be represented by music of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries composed in monasteries on the Caminos.
Chapter coordinator Gene McCullough will be giving pre-concert talks on the Camino, the Codex and the concert's music prior to each performance. There are comments on the concert by St. Martin's Artistic Director Tim Krueger.
St. Martin's Chamber Choir was founded in 1994 as Colorado’s only year-round, fully professional choir. Further information and tickets are available through stmartinschamberchoir.org. This is not a Chapter event but it will be of interest to Chapter members. (Advisement: Chapter coordinator Gene McCullough was on the Board of Directors of St. Martin's for seven years.)
What you need to know:
What: Choral concert: Musical Wanderings: Songs of Pilgrimage, St. Martin's Chamber Choir
When and where: (Note that the two Denver venues were reversed originally. These are correct.)
• Friday, November 8th, 7:30 PM: St. Paul Community of Faith, Denver. Pre-concert talk 6:30.
• Saturday, November 9th, 7:30 PM: St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Denver. Pre-concert talk 6:30.
• Sunday, November 10th, 3:00 PM: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge. Pre-concert talk 1:45.
Cost: Visit stmartinschamberchoir.org for tickets and further information.
Third Sunday tertulia at The Goods
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3:00 - 4:30ish
Tertulia? “Un grupo informal de personas que se reúnen habitualmente para conversar o recrearse.” “An informal meeting of people who gather regularly to talk about current affairs, arts, etc.” Well, we all know what “etc” means!
Past and future pilgrims are invited to convene for conversation, a small plate or two and a beverage. This will be a great chance for not-yet-veterans to talk with experienced pilgrims and for the experienced pilgrims to get some great ideas for their next walk. Or simply to talk about whatever comes up! The Goods Happy Hour menu will be available.
Mark Whistler, one of the owners of The Goods and a Camino veteran himself, is our host.
The Goods Restaurant
(Immediately east of and in the same building as the Tattered Cover on Colfax)
2550 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO. 80206
Parking is available in the parking structure immediately west of the Tattered Cover or on the street. Download the flyer
We hope to have a bunch of people at these informal third-Sunday events. Event day contact will be Gene at 303-999-5179. We look forward to seeing a bunch of you there!
What you need to know:
What: The regular third-Sunday tertulia (informal social gathering)
When: Sunday, November 17th, 3:00 - 4:30ish
Where: The Goods Restaurant, 2550 East Colfax Avenue
Cost: Whatever you order. The Goods Happy Hour menu is available.
Castle Rock, CO
Hike in Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space
Friday, November 29, 2019, 9:00 AM
The Chapter is headed south to Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space south of Castle Rock for #OptOutside Black Friday!
This lovely little hike of about 5 miles is located about half way between Castle Rock and Larkspur on the west side of I-25. A GPS address of 1923 Tomah Road, Castle Rock will get you to within about ¼ mile of the trailhead parking lot. Just continue around the bend on Tomah Road and the trailhead is the parking lot on the right/west. Parking in the trailhead lot is free. The trail follows gently rolling terrain through mostly forested areas with open meadows and views of the Colorado Front Range with an elevation gain (and loss) is a bit less than 400 ft.
Afterward we’re going to suggest recuperating at the Rockyard Brewing Company back up the road in Castle Rock (880 Castleton Rd).
Further information on the site:
Douglas County Open Space: douglas.co.us/dcoutdoors/trails/open-space-trails/dawson-butte-ranch-open-space-trail/
The hike leader will be Jim Stinson. We'll get started with introductions at 9:00 AM and then head out!
If you have definite plans to walk or cycle on the Camino for the first time later in 2019 and would like to receive a scallop shell and a blessing, just let us know through ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org.
A reminder that American Pilgrims’ insurance policy prohibits dogs at Chapter events. Certified service animals excepted of course.
We look forward to seeing a bunch of you there!
This is a rain-snow-or-shine event — within reason! Being the end of November inclement weather will be a distinct possibility. Although not necessary, you may let us know that you’ll be with us by e-mailing to ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org.
Camino 8 X 10
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:00 PM
Did you just return from the Camino and are you just itching to tell others about it? Or did you walk an epic a few years ago and you’d like to replay it? Or maybe some worthy, Camino-related story? The Colorado Front Range chapter of American Pilgrims again presents “Camino 8X10” — eight presenters each with 10 minutes on the program! One of them could be you!
This is the way this is going to work: The program will be eight presenters, with 2019 first-time peregrinos having signup priority followed by all others. Each will have 10 minutes. We’ll have a backup list in case someone cancels or doesn’t appear. All of this is first to respond, first on the program!
Rules for presenters: The topic is your Camino or a Camino-related topic. Your talk can be in the form of a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation or simply a collection of JPEG images. Or none of those. If simply a folder of JPEGs, they will appear in alphabetical/numerical order by file name, so pay attention to that. Your program must be brought on a USB memory stick – not on your own computer! There will be no limit on the number of slides (be reasonable!) but you will be STRICTLY limited to 10 (that’s TEN) minutes. There will be a timer! And a stage hook! (Just joking about the latter, but you get the point.) Perhaps time for one or two SHORTquestions and answers while we’re setting up the next speaker.
Presenters: Practice your talk with a timer! It MUST be no more than 10 minutes in length! Don’t wing it! You’ll be quacked off the stage!
REI Denver Flagship Store
Large Community Room
1416 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202
This is NOT an REI event. Don't contact the store for information or to register!
Please respond to ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org to get on the program. Include your name, whether or not you are a 2019 first time peregrino, which Camino route or topic you’ll be presenting and how you’ll be bringing your program (PowerPoint, Keynote or simply a collection of JPEGs) on your memory stick. Deadline for submissions will be Tuesday, November 26th midnight. At that point we’ll organize and notify the presenters.
We’ve done this for a number of years running now and it has always been a fun, enlightening and interesting evening! See you there!
Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
Consider joining the American Pilgrims on the Camino Facebook group for great dialogue, Q&A, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.
The Colorado Front Range Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org for details.
Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, zip code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when.