See Mt. Cristo Rey Up Close During Good Friday Hike
There are lots of fun activities to do during Holy Week. You can check out Easter egg hunts, parades, and even swimming this week, but if you want something a little more in line with the most important feast of the Christian calendar, you should try the hike up Mt. Cristo Rey.
It's a hike, and the mountain gets bad press because people have had trouble with crime, but those who've done the hike say it's a spiritual experience.
To get to the top of the mountain, you'll have to climb 4,675 feet. It is a moderately difficult climb, so be ready to work. At the top, you will find a 29 foot statue of Christ with his arms outstretched. The first monument placed there, a wooden cross, went up February 13, 1934. It was replaced by an iron cross on March 25 of that same year. The current statue of Christ was dedicated on October 29, 1939.
On Good Friday, you can meet up with Trinity-First United Methodist Church to be a part of their climb. They will be meeting at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey around 8:30 am, off McNutt Road. Take Sunland Park Drive to Doniphan, turn south then west on Racetrack Dr., continuing across the Rio Grande, then take a left on McNutt Road at the light in Sunland Park, NM. Stay on McNutt for about 1 mile and watch for a sign to Mt. Cristo Rey on the right. Drive up the good dirt road, crossing two railroads.
Security will be provided by the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee. If you need more information, contact Mark Probasco at (915) 630-2838, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.