Mount Cristo Rey


The City of Sunland Park is at the foot of Mount Cristo Rey, formally known as Mule Drivers Mountain where the cowboy in Marty Robbin’s song, “El Paso” is thought to have been ridding down on his way to Rosa’s Cantina to be reunited with his love, "Felina".  The 29 ft. tall limestone statue, similar to the "Redeeming Christ" in Brazil, serves as a shrine to thousands of faithful in the El Paso and Southern New Mexico area. Dedicated in 1940, this monument was the vision of Fr. Lourdes Costa, a local parish priest, who in 1933 after looking out the back window of his residence in the community of Smelter-Town, envisioned erecting a monument at the summit of this glorious mountain.