Apache Point is an observatory area with a number of telescopes for exploring various parts of the universe. The grounds are open to the public; but the buildings are not. Apache Point is on the way to the more interesting National Solar Observatory at Sunspot. The drive to get there, along NM Highways 130 and 6563 is full of sharp curves and long upgrades but with lots of beautiful scenery.
Another neat place to go near Cloudcroft is the National Solar Observatory at Sunspot. Your first stop here should be the Visitor's Center where you can get a map to follow around to the buildings and to tour the impressive educational exhibits inside. There are also some exhibits outside. The visitors center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. The route to get here is down two mountain roads with extremely pretty scenery. Photo 2 is of a telescope used for years in the Antarctic to observe the sun. This telescope was used to measure long term global oscillations of the sun similar to how seismologists study seismic oscillations caused by earthquakes. Photo 3 is an Armillary Sphere and Sundial.
The first two buildings on the short self-guided walking tour are open to the public. They are the Evans Solar Facility which was built in 1952 and is also called Big Dome; and the Dunn Solar Telescope Building.
My family and I go to Cloudcroft every October. Each year, we purchase a wind chime from Off The Beaten Path. I'd love to one day purchase the granddaddy of them all, but I'm not sure where I'd hang it! They have Wind Chimes from tiny ones to Super-Big!!!
Photos 1 through 5 show some of the educational exhibits inside the visitors center. I especially liked the display in Photo 5 that shows an infrared image of the person standing at the exhibit.
Other buildings included on the tour are: the Hilltop Dome and the Grain Bin Dome. The Grain Bin Dome was built in 1950 and is the oldest on site.