Standing atop the Sierra de Cristo Rey (Formerly known as the Cerro de los Muleros or Mule Drivers Mountain), in Sunland Park, New Mexico, the 29 ft. tall limestone statue of Christ serves as a shrine to thousands of faithful in the El Paso and Southern New Mexico area. Dedicated in 1940, this monument to Christ 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.