The last Mount Cristo Rey guided hike tour of the year is slated for Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.

Mount Cristo Rey stands atop the Sierra de Cristo Rey Mountain in Sunland Park, New Mexico. The limestone statue of Christ stands 29 ft. tall and serves as a shrine to thousands of faithful in the El Paso and Southern New Mexico area.

The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross was built in 1938-1940 by sculptor Urbici Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea level in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.

The Mount Cristo Rey ‘Hike Through Time,’ will be a guided hike presentation on the history of the monument and will be given at the summit. Security will be provided along the trail and in the parking lot. The five-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages and will take about 2-3 hours. There is a $5 donation fee for adults and $2 for children, with the funds benefiting the Mount Cristo Restoration Committee.

The group will meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mount Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

For more on the history of Mount Cristo Rey click here.

  • Mount Cristo Rey Guided Tour
  • Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at 12 p.m.
  • Information: (915) 542-1422 (No reservation is required)