As we were spending some time in Santa Fe, and my husband is a keen photographer, I was dragged up the side of a hill in town to take in the sunset. I think this was done under the guise of 'getting some exercise', which was largely appropriate given my tamale and tequila consumption since we arrived in New Mexico.
We headed up Paseo de la Loma, which sits in a wonderfully elevated position overlooking the city, and allow you a great view out across the mountains.
The site is really two attractions in one, as you can wander through the little dirt trails of Fort Marcy Park as you head towards The Cross.
Fort Marcy Park:
FM was a built as military stronghold after the American invasion of Mexico. It was constructed in a strategic position, overlooking the city of Santa Fe, and allowed the Americans to hold their claim to the entire New Mexico territory.
The area was purchased by the government of Santa Fe in the early 1960s and has been preserved, since then, as a historical site and beautiful overlook across their city.
The park is accessible from the bottom of the hill, or towards the top, which is the way we accessed it, and there is ample parking on the brow of the hill or in two parking lots near the entrance to the park itself.
The City has ensured that there are ample interpretation boards around the site, which give a great background and history of Fort Marcy and allow visitors an understanding of its significance to Santa Fe.
The Cross of The Martyrs: The white glossed concrete cross, which reaches a height of 25 feet, stands in a circular area just outside Fort Marcy. The cross is imposing and beautiful and stands as a reminder of the lives given by 21 Franciscan Monks, who were killed during the Revolt of Pueblo of 1680.
The area is a well-known spot, mainly because of its location and views across Santa Fe, for locals and tourists to visit in order to watch the sun setting over the mountains. This can be viewed from Fort Marcy, which is above the cross; from the cross itself, or by wandering down a few stairs and watching from the level below.
Regardless of where you catch the setting of the sun, be sure to take time to pay your respects to the lives that the cross stands to honour, as well as the those who defended Santa Fe to ensure it remained under American control.
jaw dropping views of the sun setting behind The Cross of The Martyrs