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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 begining 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.

Get in

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.

Get around

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 - Offer guided and unguided tours during most of the day. [1].


Most of Cloudcroft is dedicated to forest and mountain activities, although it does golf courses and resorts.

  • The Lodge - +1 800 395-6343, [2]. One of the highest altitude golf courses in the nation. 18-hole golf course.
  • Ponderos Pines Golf Course - 878 Cox Canyon Highway, +1 575 682-2566. Nine-hole golf course.


Burro Avenue has several lovely shops featuring friendly service.

  • Instant Karma. 302 Burro Ave, 575-682-2651. Wonderful yoga-studio and shopping experience for clothing, accessories and books.


  • Rebecca's at The Lodge. One Corona Place, +1 866 595-6343. Exquisite dining featuring wonderful chef's, live pianists, old-fashion feel, beautiful views and rich, mysterious history.
  • Big Daddy's Diner. 1750 James Canyon. A local favorite with a laid back atmosphere.


  • The Western Bar and Restaurant. 300 Burro Ave. +1 575 682-2445. Friendly staff, friendly locals and the local watering hole.


There are a variety of places to sleep in Cloudcroft.

Get out

  • Lincoln National Forest +1 575 434-7200, [3]. It has hiking, camping galore, horse back riding, biking, four wheeling, hunting, cross country skiing, inner-tube rides, skating, and snow-mobiles!
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