In collaboration with Celebration of Our Mountains, a CARTA group will meet at the bottom of Cris to Rey and hike up the mountain as part of Celebration of the Mountains. The trail is wide, well kept and relatively flat – yes, you’ll see people pushing strollers up all the way to the top! The hike is sponsored by The El Paso Scene and will be led by its editor, Randy Limbird, who will talk about local geology and history. Security is provided. The hike is moderate and suitable for all ages. Total distance and time, 5 miles and 2 – 3 hours. Cost: $3 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information:[masked]. No reservation is required.
Getting to the trail head, via Executive Center Boulevard:
Take I-10's Executive Center Boulevard exit (16) Turn south (left from El Paso; right from Las Cruces), go down past the quarry to Paisano Drive Right on Paisano Drive, heading north/northwest. Take the McNutt Road/Sunland Park/NM Rt. 273 exit. Please don't miss it, you cannot turn around and return here easily. If you miss it, take the Sunland Park directions below. Once on McNutt Road, watch out for the signs directing you to Sierra del Cristo Rey. Left onto Cristo Rey Boulevard, a gravel/dirt road taking you up into a quarry. Stay to the right. You should pass over two railroad level crossings. At the end of this road is the parking lot, where you should see a gate, trailer, and probably a lot of people. Or via Sunland Park (thanks Michelle):
Take I-10's Sunland Park exit (13) Turn south (left if coming from El Paso; right from Las Cruces). Turn left onto Doniphan Turn right onto Racetrack Turn left onto McNutt On the right hand side of the road, you'll start seeing dirt parking lots. Turn right onto Cristo Rey Boulevard. DISTANCE is ~5 mi round-trip
ELEVATION GAIN is ~1500 ft gained.
FEES: is a donation. Recommended minimum is $3 ($2 for children). Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: 2–3 hours
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.
SKILL LEVEL is beginner friendly.
TERRAIN is well-maintained (please donate!) jeep road up the mountain.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS is TBA.
MEET for carpool at:
Las Cruces: 7:00 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?node=630424392) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.287422,-106.745166&aq=&sll=32.304328,-106.770802&sspn=0.057166,0.086174&ie=UTF8&ll=32.28755,-106.745288&spn=0.014929,0.021544&t=h&z=16)). Trail head in El Paso: 8:00 am at the bottom of the mountain See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.792082&mlon=-106.541955&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.792082,-106.541955&aq=&sll=31.792082,-106.541955&sspn=0.003702,0.004833&ie=UTF8&ll=31.790509,-106.544466&spn=0.01481,0.019333&t=h&z=16)) or instructions below. MORE information:
Mt. Cristo Rey's Website (http://mtcristorey.com/) Unfinished map of Mt. Cristo Rey Area (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=31.79114&lon=-106.54533&zoom=16&layers=M)