Cloudcroft is a town in Southeast New Mexico, high in the Sacramento Mountains. The population is less than a thousand. The village was started as a mountain resort (a glorified camp site) at the beginning of the 20th century by Alamogordo businessmen. During the summer temperatures get as high as the 70s with lows in the 40s. During the winter the range is from the 40s to the teens.
Cloudcroft is located at the junction of Highways US 82 and NM 244. The nearest airport with commercial air service is in El Paso, Texas, about 96 miles away. Commute to Cloudcroft from nearby Alamogordo entails going through New Mexico's only Tunnel and driving through High Rolls/Mountain Park.
Cloudcroft has no public transportation, except horse and horse-drawn carriage rentals. The town itself is tiny and easy to navigate on foot. For outlying areas, plan to drive and know that 4-wheel drive is helpful in the winter.
The high altitude, low humidity and dark sky ordinance for the village, make Cloudcroft a popular site for day and night sky viewing. It is home to two observatories.
Sunspot Solar Observatory and Apache Point Observatory - Sunspot has a visitor's center and offers guided and unguided tours during most of the day, Apache Point has grounds tours only during daylight hours. . Both observatories are located about 15 miles S of Cloudcroft on Highway 6563, the Sunspot Highway: this can be a challenging drive when snow is present.
Most of Cloudcroft is dedicated to forest and mountain activities, although it does have golf courses and resorts.
The Lodge, +1 800 395-6343, . One of the highest altitude golf courses in the nation. 18-hole golf course.
High Rolls Hideaway - +1 575 682-2953, . Mountainside cottage, one bedroom, one bath, kitchen. Wifi available, comfortably sleeps 4. Open year round. $110 per night, 2 night minimum (3 on holidays).
Spruce Cabins, +1 877 682-2381, . Offers a variety of cabins, one of which is handicap accessible. $60 - $175.
Hotels & Motels
Alta Vista Chalet Motel, 1605 Highway 82, +1 575 682-2221, . Offers six different rooms holding up to eight people each.
Summit Inn, +1 877 682-2814, . One block away from downtown Cloudcroft. $49 - $97.
The Lodge, One Corona Place, +1 800 395-6343, . $115 - $325.
Lincoln National Forest, +1 575 434-7200, . It has hiking, camping galore, horse back riding, biking, four wheeling, hunting, cross country skiing, inner-tube rides, skating, and snow-mobiles!
Most of Cloudcroft is above 9000 ft and one of the most likely problems is Altitude sickness. One should also understand the risks of mountain forest were there are wild animals and potentiall harmful/poisonous plants. Emergency services use the standard 911 system.
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