Turning east from Chimayó on Highway 76 (west takes you directly to Española), you begin the climb back up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Near the crest of the hill, about three miles up, a small sign points right and down into Quemado Valley to Córdova, a village best known for its unpainted, austere santos and bultos done by masters such as George López and José Dolores López.
Another family member, Sabinita López Ortiz (9 County Rd. 1317, 505/351-4572, variable hours), sells her work and that of five other generations of wood-carvers. Castillo Gallery (County Rd. 1317, 505/351-4067, variable hours) mixes traditional styles with more contemporary work.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition