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 Christine Petty and Kris Ashton 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!
- If you are considering international travel - or actually doing almost anything! - we suggest you take a look at American Pilgrims' "COVID-19: What You Should Know" page.
- 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!)
- American Pilgrims has been receiving queries about COVID-19 and the advisability of travel. This is the organization's advice.
- 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 these:
Day Hikes near Denver
The High Line Canal
Denver Parks & Recreation trails page
The Boulder area
A 26-mile circum-Boulder path
The Longmont to Boulder 17-mile trail
AllTrails - Best trails in Colorado (local and statewide)
- 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.
- Why embark on a pilgrimage? What makes someone a pilgrim? How do we keep that sense of community alive after our initial journey is complete? To consider these questions and more, American Pilgrims invites you to view a recent conversation between several members of the American Pilgrims on the Camino board of directors and our friend Dr. George Greenia, founder of the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. The video can be found on the American Pilgrims YouTube channel at the following link: Pilgrims on Pause.
- 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, online events, potlucks and much more!
3rd Sunday of every month: Tertulia at 3:00 PM MST. Place and topic is announced in our monthly newsletter.
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.
Follow this link to view the Local Chapters video on YouTube.
The Chapter coordinators are busy cooking up ways to keep all of us connected online and in person!
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.