During my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico in April I had been seeing this Cross of the Martyrs from various points around town. It seemed unreachably high on the hill. As I was already suffering from the 7,260 ft (2,213 m) altitude with a constant nose bleed, it was not on my list of to-dos… but on the last afternoon I realized I couldn’t leave without making the attempt.
So I decided to make my way up to the base of Fort Marcy Park and then decide if I wanted to climb up to the top.
Of course, once there I wasn’t about to turn back.
It looked like an easy walk up on switchbacks.
It was such a gorgeous day and I was looking forward to the view from the top.
There are plaques at several locations on the way up telling the stories of the area. Too bad about the inexscusable graffiti.
The cross itself is not that impressive.
A lovely view from the top looking out over the city and mountains. I believe the cross commemorates the event in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt where 21 Franciscan Friars died in the fight between the natives and the Spanish.
Below are some views of the surrounding area.
I decided to walk further along the trail to see where it led. A condo complex.
Hey, wish I had brought a picnic with me!
Still snow on the mountains.
The trail ended in a parking lot and I saw people getting out of their cars having driven up to the top… oh well, I would rather walk any day. So I walked back down to the city from this point and happy I had made the effort to climb to the cross and walk the trail to the end.
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