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Old Fort Marcy Park

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Address: 617 Paseo de Peralta, Also access it by traveling 3 blocks up Artist Rd. and turning right, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1946

Built by the U.S. Army in 1846 to protect the American presence in Santa...

Built by the U.S. Army in 1846 to protect the American presence in Santa Fe, the remains of this historic military fort still stand on a hill overlooking the town.

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Great History Lesson

Nice little side trip. Very accessible parking lot. Lot of history to learn and stunning views of Santa Fe. Put it on your list to check out you'll be glad you did.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Miami, FL
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'd heard about Ft Marcy earlier in our trip, so I swerved the car when I saw the sign. The park has a great view of Santa Fe and is worth the trip for that reason. Ft. Marcy was constructed in the 1840s and was never meant to last. It didn't. There are four or five nice plaques that talk... More 

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Miami, FL
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little side trip. Very accessible parking lot. Lot of history to learn and stunning views of Santa Fe. Put it on your list to check out you'll be glad you did.

Thank MiamiTravelers_7
Greenwood Village, Colorado
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The site of old Fort Marcy is now a completely abandoned and desolate hill overlooking the oldest part of Santa Fe. But learning about what the place was and meant in the mid 1850s brings to life a time lost to us, but from a place where it is easily imagined. Online histories of Fort Marcy are easy to find.... More 

2 Thank Ernie07
Royal Oak, Michigan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My photography class used this location for field work and the views produced some spectacular scenery views and video. A few picnic tables, small parking area and a few short paths. Good for a picnic or just see the city.

1 Thank TAN31_11
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately, I didn't read previous reviews to know where to park! 😕 We hiked up and read the placards. Little biased towards the monks as opposed to Native Americans, eh? Sunset was gorgeous!

Thank Artichoke05
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This high point allowed us to see the full color palette of the New Mexico sky as we watched the sun set. Bring a jacket - when the sun goes down it gets cold quick - but you want to stay because just when you think it's over, a fiery red glow erupts from behind the mountains to the west.... More 

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Hobbs, New Mexico
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Great view of New Mexico sunsets. Little bit of a walk to get there but not bad. The view is over the town.

Thank Todd G
Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

We walked up the hill twice once in the day to see the views across Santa Fe and then we returned on new Years Eve to watch the Fireworks across the town. Great view and lots of good pictures taken.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

We walked up the hill and read all of the plaques about the history of Santa Fe. It was well worth the climb - some nice views at the top, too.

Thank MichBlessing
Northampton, Massachusetts
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405 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We made a point of driving up to the park at sunset the evening of the recent Super Moon. We watched a beautiful sunset and moonrise within minutes of each other. Also a nice 15-minute hike up from the Plaza area.

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