Cloudcroft is a town in Southeast New Mexico with a population of less than a thousand.
High in the Sacramento Mountains, the village was started as a mountain resort (a glorified camp site) in 1899 by the coming of the Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railroad.
During the summer, temperatures go above and lows are between and . During the winter, the range is from the 40s Fahrenheit 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.
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. Both observatories are located about 16 miles south of Cloudcroft on Highway 6563, the Sunspot Highway: this can be a challenging drive when snow is present.
Sunspot Solar Observatoryhas a visitor's center and offers guided and unguided tours during most of the day
Apache Point ObservatoryHas grounds tours only during daylight hours.
phone: +1 575 682-2932Located on 2.7 acres, there are two museum buildings plus eleven buildings in the pioneer village.
The LodgeOne of the highest altitude golf courses in the nation. 18-hole golf course.
Ponderos Pines Golf Coursephone: +1 575 682-2566address: 878 Cox Canyon HighwayNine-hole golf course.
Zenith ParkThe west end has ice skating (and rentals), during the winter.
Instant Karmaphone: +1 575-682-2651address: 302 Burro AveWonderful yoga-studio and shopping experience for clothing, accessories and books.
Rebecca's at The Lodge.phone: +1-866-595-6343address: One Corona PlaceExquisite dining featuring wonderful chefs, live pianists, old-fashion feel, beautiful views and, a rich and mysterious history.
Big Daddy's Dineraddress: 1750 James CanyonA local favorite with a laid back atmosphere.
phone: +1 575-682-2332address: 505 Burro Ave.Fresh coffees, espressos, cappuccinos and smoothies. Very good sandwiches and desserts made on the premises. The grill closes at 3:00, earlier on Sunday, but coffees and desserts are available until closing. Comfortable environment and free wireless, but you'll have to ask for the key.
The Western Bar and Restaurantphone: +1 575 682-2445address: 300 Burro AveFriendly staff, friendly locals and the local watering hole.
address: 608 Burro AveA log home overlooking Cloudcroft. Queen beds, private bathroom.
address: 300 Swallow PlAn old boarding house nestled into the forest.
phone: +1 575 682-5454address: 56 Lodge Spring RdSix miles outside of Cloudcroft in the forest.
phone: +1 575 647-9778Modified A-Frame cabin, sleeps 6. Two bedrooms, two baths, washer and dryer.
phone: +1 575 682-3298address: 108 Curlew PlDuplex cabins, $95.
phone: +1 435 565-6006address: Bear Lake, Garden City, UtahEagles Roost sleeps 24 people (28 max). Unlimited parking in the summer months next to the cabin and parking for up to 8 cars/trucks including trailers in the winter where there is parking in a lower area designated specifically for Eagles Roost. 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 levels. 6,200 square feet.
Cabins at CloudcroftOffers a variety of cabins ranging in capacity from 2 - 10.
address: 43 Silver Cloud Dr
phone: +1 575 682-2953Mountainside cottage, one bedroom, one bath, kitchen. Wifi available, comfortably sleeps 4. Open year round. $110 per night, 2 night minimum (3 on holidays).
phone: +1 575 921-6878Mountain cabins.
Spruce CabinsOffers a variety of cabins, one of which is handicap accessible.
Hotels & Motels
phone: +1 575 682-2221address: 1605 Highway 82Offers six different rooms holding up to eight people each.
Summit InnOne block away from downtown Cloudcroft.
The LodgeOne Corona Place.
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 potential harmful/poisonous plants. Emergency services use the standard 911 system.
- 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!