Hundreds of people are expected to make their way up Mount Cristo Rey on Good Friday this week.
The event, which is part of “Holy Week” is the only time out of the year that organizers open the mountain for the public to hike during the week. It is normally only open on Sunday mornings. The event will begin on Thursday, March 29 and will continue through Saturday, March 31 where guests will be allowed to participate in the 5-mile hike where a 29-foot tall limestone statue of Christ sits on top, overlooking the city of El Paso.
Mount Cristo Rey is rated the number 1 hike in the city and number 22 in Texas by hikingproject.com
The official pilgrimage takes place in October, where upwards of 40,000 people visit in a single day and a mass is held at the top. The event will begin at 7 am and end at 2 pm on Thursday and Saturday. On Good Friday the event will begin at 6 am to accommodate larger crowds. No one will be permitted to hike after 12 pm on each day. The trail will be open 9 am to 2 pm on Easter Sunday, according to the official website.
Due to the limited parking at the base of the mountain, it is suggested that guests arrive early. Parking fills up quickly and many have to resort to leaving their car in the Sunland Park area. The event is free and open to everyone. Donations are welcome in a donation box before entering the mountain. No pets are allowed, guests will be turned away if any animals are brought on the trip.
The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate and is suitable for all ages. Mount Cristo Rey is located off McNutt Road (NM 273) in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
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