There are very few hidden gems in the City Different, but when you find one, it’s incredibly rewarding. While the Cross of Martyrs may not be a true hidden gem, this beautiful hillside viewpoint doesn’t as much attention as the many highlights sitting below it in the center of town. If you want to enjoy breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Santa Fe skyline, make sure this is on your must-see list.
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How to Experience the Cross of the Martyrs
What Is the Cross of Martyrs?
The Cross of Martyrs is the scenic overlook with incredible views of Santa Fe. This network of paved switchbacks winds up a hillside from Paseo De Peralta on the Northeast side of town. The walkway up has a collection of plaques showcasing our city’s rich history with the Cross of Martyrs sitting atop the hill.
What Can You Do There?
“Hiking” up to the Cross of Martyrs on an early morning stroll is the best way to enjoy this Santa Fe attraction. It’s only one mile from El Farolito Inn, making it a manageable walk, especially on a cool morning. Make sure you bring your camera because the views here are beautiful. Watching a sunset at the Cross of Martyrs is also an incredible experience. The hilltop location provides a fantastic vantage point for photographing the skyline of the City Different. History buffs will also love the timeline of important events and moments throughout the storied history of one of the oldest city’s in America.
While the hike isn’t long or challenging, the pathway up to the Cross of Martyrs is steep at certain points. You may need to take a couple of extra-long breaks while walking to the top due to Santa Fe’s high elevation. This is still a great place to soak in the stunning scenery.
How Do You Get There?
If you’re staying with us at El Farolito, we recommend walking over to the Cross of Martyrs. It’s an excellent way to get a taste of the town before enjoying the breathtaking views from the top of the hill. Of course, if you don’t want to make the mile-long trek, there is a small parking lot located off Prince Avenue that puts you steps from the Cross.
If you want to be close to the heart of Santa Fe, El Farolito Inn is the perfect place for you. Our Inn features authentic Southwestern accommodations that are steps away from Santa Fe Plaza and the historic center of town. We also offer all of our guests a complimentary gourmet breakfast every morning of your stay.
Start planning your Santa Fe getaway today by booking one of our rooms. We look forward to welcoming you to our Northern New Mexico oasis.