Colorado Front Range (Denver-Boulder) Chapter

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.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local and Regional Events page for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Kris Ashton, Chris Petty and Gene McCullough at for more information. If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE.


• If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE. For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at

• 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.

•  The 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 before you leave home. Just contact us through the chapter e-mail address, We will endeavor to have the sello at all chapter events as well. Don't have your credential yet? When you return to American Pilgrims' main site, click on Request a Credential. On the Request page read all of the text at the top of the page and then carefully complete the form. Triple check your entries before clicking SUBMIT. Errors result in delays and even non-delivery! (This sello doesn't actually do anything for you other than indicate that you're on your way!)

• Many peregrinos maintain blogs before, during or after their Camino. If any chapter participants have created one, let us know and we'll link to it here..

• You've arrived! You have your compostela. You've attended the Pilgrims' Mass. You've hugged the Saint. Now what? You need to scan through 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 is our take on the topic.

Scheduled Events: 

Sixth Annual Shell Ceremony
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, plus open-ended afterglow

During the Middle Ages, before pilgrims left home they were afforded the benedictio perarum et baculorum, the ritual blessing of the pilgrim satchel and staff. Following in this ancient tradition the Colorado Front Range chapter of American Pilgrims is very pleased to announce its sixth annual Camino de Santiago Shell Ceremony. The purpose of this ceremony is to confer a blessing those who will be walking or cycling during 2018 for the first time. We will also present scallop shells to those first-time peregrinos.

If you will be walking or cycling on the Camino later in 2018 for the first time, please respond to this invitation ( with the names and departure dates of those wishing to take part. We’d also like to know how many will be at Sienna.

Deadlines for recipients: The program with recipient names will be finalized and printed around March 17th.

Capitol Heights Church
1100 Fillmore Street
Denver, CO 80206

The Shell Ceremony will be followed by a 10-minute walk to Sienna Wine Bar and Small Plates for small plates (i.e., tapas), wine and conviviality.

All others – family members, friends, others in the Front Range chapter - are most cordially invited to attend and celebrate this occasion! Please RSVP with the number attending so we can give Sienna an idea of the number that we’ll have there.

Camino 101: Pack-It Workshop and Gear Swap
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Wondering about what to pack for your upcoming Camino? Wondering what not to pack? Of course you are! This workshop will cover the obvious and the perhaps not-so-obvious about how to take what you will need and leave behind what you won’t. Bring your pack and its contents and see what Camino veterans have to say. Veterans, you are cordially invited to bring your pack (including what you did/did not use) and share your experiences.

Sam Gary Branch (Denver) Public Library
2961 Roslyn Street (Stapleton)
Denver, CO 80238

Topics we’ll discuss:

  • Selecting a backpack
  • Pack fit and use
  • What’s in the pack? What’s not?
  • How to pack the pack
  • Carry-on versus checked backpack

AND… Have some Camino-style gear that you no longer need? Bring it along and see if you can sell it or swap it for something useful!

TIP… Make a copy of the photo page of your U.S. passport and laminate it. Keep it inside your credential for quick check-in at albergues. No need to go fishing for your passport from its “secret” location! Bring a copy of your passport and have it laminated here. A small donation is requested to help us cover the cost of laminating materials.

No need to RSVP - just show up with your stuff! Morning of event contact will be Chris at 563-505-6105 or Kris at 720-733-6750. And you can always reach us at!

6-mile hike in Littleton on the Centennial Link, Big Dry Creek and Mary Carter Greenway Trails
Optional lunch following at the Breckenridge Brewery's Farm House Restaurant
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 AM  (rescheduled from February 10th)

For a spring walk we’re going to do a loop of a bit over 6 miles in Littleton — northbound on the Centennial Link trail on the east side of the Platte River and then the Mary Carter Greenway Trail on the west side which will take us back to the trailhead.

The trailhead will be Reynolds Landing. Click HERE to see the map of the loop or HERE for the flyer.

The optional lunch following the hike will be at Breckenridge Brewery’s Farm House Restaurant (2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton, CO 80120). Required RSVP to the Chapter at by Sunday, April 1st! There is a limit of 20 for the restaurant - the first 20 to register are on the list!

The trailhead and the Farm House Restaurant are about 200 ft apart, so find the restaurant, drive a wee bit further and you’ve found the trailhead parking.

If you have definite plans to walk or cycle on the Camino for the first time later in 2018 and would like to receive a scallop shell and a blessing, please let us know through and we’ll come prepared.

Contact the chapter at for further information. This will be a rain, snow or shine event — within reason! Cancellation will be posted on the chapter's page and in an e-mail sent out the day before. Event day contact will be Gene at 303-999-5179. Hope to see you there! 

Tertulia at The Goods
Third Sundays (April 15th), 3:00 PM - about 4:30 NOT BEING HELD IN APRIL

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, will be 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 Chris at 563-505-6105. We look forward to seeing a bunch of you there!

Cheese making class and beer tasting
Friday, May 11th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

It’s true! The Camino continues throughout the rest of your life. But is it really the Camino if you don’t have cheese!? Keep the Camino alive by learning how to make your own cheese, for those times when the cupboard is bare!

Chapter member, Jim Stinson, is a local Brew Master and home cheese maker. On Friday, May 11, Jim will oversee a class for us on how to make your own cheese at home. During this two-hour class, conducted at Burly Brewing Company in Castle Rock, we will learn to make two basic cheeses from scratch, paneer and mozzarella. Since the class is being conducted at a local microbrewery, there will also be beer involved! Jim will provide cheese and beer for tasting during the class, teaching some of the finer points of beer tasting as well.

Cost for the class is $10 per adult (please 21 and older for this event!), which includes samples of beer and cheese. A basic home cheese making kit will be available for purchase depending on interest. Price for the kits will be about $25. Burly Brewing Company is located at 680 Atchison Way, #700, Castle Rock, CO 80109.

Please RSVP directly to Jim as he is handling the logistics: Limit 12 people! Don't procrastinate! Download the flyer HERE.

Recent Events:

• Monday, January 29: After being thwarted last year in trying to have a snow event at Jim Creek near Winter Park, we managed to pull it off this year! Seven of our number enjoyed a delightful day on XC skis, snowshoes and YakTrax. 

• Saturday, December 9th: Eighteen of us had a nice walk around Barr Lake in the State Park of the same name. We enjoyed balmy 60° temperatures while East Coast chapters were madly cancelling events due to a rather unseasonable winter storm. 

• Wednesday, December 6th: Our 4th annual Camino 8X10 ended up being a Camino 6 X 12 but that was just as well! We heard various experiences on the portugués, the del Norte and primitivo, the francés and the le Puy route in France. So many paths! Lots of good ideas!

• Friday, November 23rd: A dozen of the Chapter celebrated in #OptOutside Friday with a hike of about 9 miles in the Sharptail Open Space Area and Roxborough State Park. Aside from the fierce headwind the last hour, we enjoyed weather beyond imagining for the last week of November.

• Saturday, November 4th: Nineteen members of the Chapter gathered for "Unpacking Your Camino: Camino Companions, Camino Stories": Reflections on the recent Caminos of three recent pilgrims. The stories, reflections, observations and lingering questions and concerns were all impetus for reflection by all present.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

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 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. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE. For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at

Rev 03/23/18