Por Los Caminos de Kino

"He explained the cabalgatas [by Por Los Caminos de Kino] as a veneration of Father Kino by retracing his journeys, showing respect for his accomplishments, and continuing their devotion to his cause for sainthood. … These journeys were not just horseback adventures but deeply religious acts, uniting them in a personal way with their exemplary Jesuit in those exact places where he wrought so many extraordinary achievements. To them, Father Kino's legacy was not an abstraction or an academic curiosity but embedded in their everyday lives."

Dr. Richard C. Collins
"Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border"

Por Los Caminos de Kino

The members of Por Los Caminos de Kino promote the enduring legacy of pioneer Jesuit missionary and explorer Padre Eusebio Kino and the cause for his sainthood. The activities of the association since 1987 have ranged from its 28 living history Kino Cabalgatas to publishing books & producing online multimedia about Padre Kino. To access the Association's multimedia, click Kino Video

The Association’s name Por Los Caminos de Kino can be translated into English as “Following Kino’s Way.” The meaning of the name not only refers to the Kino Cabalgatas where the members make pilgrimages on horseback by following the past trails of Kino. It also refers to following the example of Kino’s life & his teachings as a guide to living a better life.

The past cabalgatas followed Kino's journeys across the deserts, mountains, rivers and coasts in today''s states of Arizona, California, Sonora, Sinaloa, Baja California del Sur and Baja California del Norte.

For maps and photos of the cabalgatas and Kino's trails, click
Map Series 1
Map Series 2
Map Series 3

In 1996 the organization rode the Anza Historic Trail from Hermosillo to San Francisco to commemorate Kino's vision of a seaport on the Pacific coast. Kino's dream of a California seaport was fullfilled when Anza Expedition founded San Francisco 65 years after Kino''s death in 1711.

Also members of the Association accompanied the Archbishop of Hermosillo to Rome when the 165 pounds of documentation for Kino's sainthood was submitted to the Vatican.

One the Assocation's books is entitled "Por Los Caminos de Kino" and is about the members and their philosophies and the history of 23 cabalgatas of the Association. It authors are Jesús Enrique Salgado and José Luis Salgado and it was published in 2010.

The 2014 book "Riding Behind the Padre - Horseback Views From Both Sides of the Border" gives a personal account of the land and people the enchanting Borderlands as the author rides on the recent cabalgatas.  It is written by author Richard C. Collins. Richard is a Borderland rancher, PhD scientist and a member of Por Los Caminos de Kino.

For book information, click Kino News and for a preview of its prolouge and first chapter click, Preview.

¡  Buen Camino !  -  ¡ Buen Caminos de Kino !

Caminos de Kino Multimedia

For specific video on cabalgatas, click Kino Cabalgatas

For information about the Association and Kino, click Fundación 

For other online multimedia, click Kino Video

What Por Los Caminos de Kino Signifies
By Author Richard C. Collins 

In 1984, three Salgado brothers from Hermosillo, Sonora—Enrique, Arturo, and José Luis—decided to ride the 150 miles from Hermosillo to Caborca where the family patriarch lived.  Enrique, the oldest, said “we had grown apart, so we made this first ride to become brothers again.”  The next year, the three brothers rode from Father Kino’s home mission of Delores on the San Miguel River to Cerro el Nazareno, overlooking the Sea of Cortes.  Afterward Enrique, an aficionado of Sonora’s colonial history, came up with ingenious idea of annual rides (cabalgatas) to highlight the remarkable accomplishments of pioneering Jesuit priest, Eusebio Francisco Kino, promoting the cause of his sainthood.  And every year since, they have retraced a section Kino’s trails that meander over a vast tract of the Sonoran Desert he called the Pimería Alta after the Pima speaking native people who inhabited the land for thousands of years prior.  

Kino entered the region in 1687, and during the next 24 years the energetic and affable Jesuit established eight missions, ranging from Delores in the east, to Caborca in the west, and San Xavier del Bac (Tucson) in the north.  But Kino was much more than an apostle to the native Pima-speaking people.  He introduced cattle, horses, and wheat.   He discovered a new land route to the Pacific Ocean; he proved that Baja California was a peninsula and not an island; he made maps of the region that guided travelers for the next two hundred years. He was the first large-scale rancher of the southwest.  By 1701, Kino was running 4200 head of cattle and several hundred horses and mules on his mission-based ranches.  Kino was the cowboy missionary, a horseman par excellence, often riding 30 miles a day and more for weeks at a time.  In fact, Cowboy Kino rode so long and hard that his followers had to tie themselves in the saddle to keep from falling from exhaustion.

For several years, my friends Oscar and Lea Ward had invited me to ride, but work on my own ranch, horses, and borderland violence kept getting in the way.  When I finally was able to go I was delighted with the landscapes and the people, as well as the well-mannered, sturdy horses we were given to ride.  I found that the cabalgata was truly a family-based enterprise devoted to the principles of self-reliance, generosity, and compassion as exemplified by Father Kino.  And though not a Catholic, I whole-heartedly endorsed these values.  To a Mexican, family is their most important institution (perhaps even ahead of the church).  Often, family is the only institution they can trust, as I had learned decades ago while working in southern Mexico and Central America.

For decades, Por Los Caminos de Kino has championed the cause of Father Kino’s beatification.  In 1987, they rode the Camino de Diablo over the scorched landscape of the Cabeza Prieta wilderness in order to say midnight mass at the Aguaje de la Luna (Moon Springs) discovered by Kino in 1699.  On another adventure, they retraced Father Kino's ride over the Sierra de la Giganta by crossing the Sea of Cortes on a ferry boat and then rode borrowed mules and horses over the Baja peninsula to the Pacific Ocean. In 2006, they delivered the volumes of research required for beatification to the Vatican and were rewarded by the Church’s naming Kino a Servant of God, the first step in the very long process of canonization. The recent selection of a fellow Jesuit as Pope Frances, a humble servant of the people like Father Kino was, has boosted their hopes. But Saint or no Saint, Father Kino is not an abstraction or an academic curiosity to the Por Los Caminos riders.  Instead, his legacy is deeply embedded into their everyday lives.  

Richard C. Collins
From His Website
Author of "Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border"

Richard's book has been acclaimed as the newest addition tto the classic literature of the Southwest. its was awarded "Topic Pick" by the Southwest Books of the Year for 2014.

For a preview Richard's book and its prolouge and first chapter, click Preview and scroll down.

For more about Richard's book, click Kino News.


Twenty-Seven Annual Cabalgatas
Riding Kino's Trails
1987 - 2014

Reference Notes: References to Expedition Numbers in the last line of each cabalgata are to Bolton's Map Key that identifies Kino's journeys by Expedition Number in last line of each cabalgata entry. For expeditions, click Explorer.

Cabalgata 1
Route: From Dolores to summit of El Nazareno Peak near Gulf of California coast
Ride Date: December 26 - 30, 1987
Comment: Kino's sees mountains of Baja across Gulf of California since leaving Baja
Bolton Map Reference: Expedition 7

Cabalgata 2
From Dolores to Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona
December 27 - 31, 1988
Santa Cruz River is Kino's superhighway and San Xavier is his northern base of operations
Expedition 2, 4, 5,6, 12, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 34

Cabalgata 3
Through the El Camino de Diablo (The Devil's Highway) from Sonoyta to Yuma, Arizona
December 11 - 15, 1989
Traveling through Camino del Diablo is shortest route to the Colorado River
Expedition 22, 23, 26, 28, 29

Cabalgata 4
Through the Pinacate Volcanic Fields to U.S. - Mexico border
December 15 - 20, 1990
Kino's use old "remote sensing" by viewing the Colorado River delta from mountain peaks
Expedition 22, 27, 29, 35

Cabalgata 5
From Dolores to Bacerac
February 2 - 8, 1992
Trips to superior's missions with Native People asking for missionaries
Expedition 18, 36

Cabalgata 6
Across the Baja Peninsula: Sail to Gulf coast; across Sierra de La Giganta to Pacific coast
December 19 - 23, 1992
Kino among first Europeans to cross the Baja.
Expedition see

Cabalgata 7
Through The Papaguería from Magdalena to Sonoyta along U.S. - Mexico Border
January 11 - 15, 1995
Kino's journey start explorations towards Colorado River
Expedition 22

Cabalgata 8
From Dolores to San José de Guaymas
February 10 - 17, 1996
Kino blazes cattle trail to new port Guaymas to supply the missions in Baja
Expedition 31

Cabalgata 9
Anza Trail from Hermosillo to San Francisco, California
October 12 - December 2, 1996
Kino advocated in reports for a Pacific sea port in California
Expedition: Kino's vision fulfilled

Cabalgata 10
From Pitiquito to Pozo Coyote
January 2 - 6, 1997
Kino discovers Angel Island and that Tiburon is an island
Expedition 32

Cabalgata 11
From Granados to Bacadéhuachi
May 28, 1997
Kino ride to Mexico City: 1,200 miles in 30 days.
Expedition 15

Cabalgata 12
From Moctezuma to Huépac
March 12 - 14, 1998
Kino to the Pimería Alta
Expedition 1

Cabalgata 13
Through the Great Sand Dunes to Colorado River and San Luis
From March 1 - 5, 1999
Kino dream fullfiled. The dunes caused Kino to turn back with Salvatierra from Sonoyta and Father Gonzales from the Colorado River
Expedition 27, 29

Cabalgata 14
From El Fuerte by Alamos to Quiriego
January 17 - 23, 2001
Kino to the Pimería Alta
Expedition 1

Cabalgata 15
From Quiriego to Rebeico
February  4 - 9, 2003
Sonora's Camino Real
Expedition 1, 15

Cabalgata 16
From Dolores to Cocóspera
December 16 - 17, 2004
Part of Kino's mission circuit
Cabalgata celebrated 300th anniversary of dedication of churches at Cocóspera and Remedios.
Expedition: 4, 5, 33, and numerous journeys to Santa Cruz and San Pedro River Valleys

Cabalgata 17
From Rebeico to Mátape
February  9 - 13, 2005
Kino to the Pimería Alta
Expedition 1

Cabalgata 18
From Bacerac to Huásabas
February 9 - 13, 2006
Kino to the Pimería Alta
Expedition 1

Cabalgata 19
Flight from Hermosillo to Italy: Vatican in Rome, Trento and Segno
May 3 - 7, 2006
Expedition: Sainthood for Kino is the dream of every Kino aficianado

Cabalgata 20
From Óputo to San Pedro de la Cueva
December 26 - 30, 2006
Expedition 1, 15

Cabalgata 21
From Sonoyta to Caborca
January 31- February 4, 2008
Expedition 22, 23,24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34
Kino's return trips to and from the Pincate and Colorado River

Cabalgata 22
From Huépac to Hermosillo
January 28 -  February 1, 2009
Expedition 31

Cabalgata 23
San Pedro River from U.S. - Mexico Border to Benson
April 6 - 10, 2010
Kino journeys to the Eastern Sobaípuri
Expedition 6, 12, 16, 17, 19, 21

Cabalgata 24
February 4 - February 6, 2011
Gulf of California (Estero Los Tanques) to Caborca
300th Anniversary Year of Kino's Death
Kino begins Caborca mission along with starting to build a ship in the desert.
Expeditions 7, 8, 10 and many trips to Caborca. 

Cabalgata 25
Border Wall in Mexico at San Pedro River to Cocóspera
Kino's major route
March 2012

Cabalgata 26
Tumacácori to San Ignacio & Kino's tomb in Magdalena
December 27, 2013 - December 30, 2103
Kino rides 70 miles / 20 hour save man from execution
Expeditions 26, 5, 6, 12, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 34

Cabalgata 27

Imuris to San Ignacio and Magdalena
June 1, 2014
800 Cabalgantes ride one day on one of Kino's regular trail circuits

Por Los Caminos de Kino Appreciation Day
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Proclamation