I've been visiting the santuario for 25 years. In the old days it felt like a secret place that you wanted all your friends to know about. Gradually improvements happened like a much needed bathroom and a big parking lot. Then came the niño chapel, a glorified remodel of an old hidden treasure. After visiting a few days ago it hit me that the whole place has a very different flavor. In fact there is a model of the master plan for the area in one of the gift shops. It is to become a disneyland like complex of New Mexican contemporary catholicism for tourists. Go anyway, pee in the modern bathrooms, slip into the santuario for some magic dirt and a peek at the historic interior then eat at Leona's and buy milagros at El Protrero Trading Post.
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