Cloudcroft Travel Guide

  • "Four Season Playland"
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  • The last remnant of the railroad era
    The last remnant of the railroad era
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  • Along Burro Ave, the main shopping street
    Along Burro Ave, the main shopping...
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Cloudcroft Highlights

  • Pro
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     People are very friendly, small town atmosphere, and very peaceful 

  • Con
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     If anything perhaps the $$$ 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than mountains - It is a mountain top experience 

Cloudcroft Things to Do

  • Burro Avenue

    This is the name of the main shopping street in Cloudcroft. Located opposite of James Canyon Road to the north of it. Cloudcroft isn't a big town. That's what add to it's charm as a very beautiful and picturesque community in the depths of Lincoln National Forest. It's an amazing town, and Burro Ave. is probably where you'll spend most of your time...

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  • Mexican Railway Tressle

    Also known as the "Cloud-Climbing Railroad", this section of a once bustling railroad that criss-crossed through Lincoln National Forest, delievering passengers who wanted to escape the heat from the deserts and valleys below. The last train ran in 1947, and the railroad era came to an end as automobiles gradually took over. Today this tressle is...

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  • Sacremento Mountains Historical Museum

    Cloudcroft is home to the Sacremento Mountains Historical Museum & Pioneer Village. The museum has a large collection of memorabilia from the history of Cloudcroft and the area. The Pioneer Village shows early farming and ranching industry and ways of life in a rugged log cabin. They also have other buildings like a General Store and a Chapel. The...

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  • See The Lodge (and maybe a ghost)

    Another historic building is The Lodge. The Lodge was built by the Alamagordo and Sacremento Railroad in 1899. It is still a great destination with a spa, a golf course, a fine restaurant, and nice accomodations. There are also reports the place is haunted by the ghost of a chambermaid named "Rebecca" who appears with bright red hair and blue eyes....

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  • Historic Cloudcroft Hotel

    The Cloudcroft Hotel was established in 1935 and is in the center of the historic Burro Street. The lobby has the pressed tin type roof popular for fancy establishments during that time period. The seven rooms have a rustic Western look and cost from $70 to $110 a night.

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  • Historic First Baptist Church

    The First Baptist Church was established in 1891 and is located at the west end of Burro Street. Like most of the buildings in this part of Cloudcroft it was built from the most plentiful natural resource in the area, wood.

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Cloudcroft Restaurants

  • Mountain BBQ

    Nestled along James Canyon Highway, Texas Pit BBQ was my next stop for eats on my second visit to Cloudcroft in Feburary 2013, having previously tried Big Daddy's Diner, which was good. But this time I wanted to try something different, and settled down to eat here. Service was quick and the food was very good, and not too bad of a value. I liked...

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  • Good hometown grub!

    We came to Cloudcroft on a random day adventure and had seen the reviews for Big Daddy's Diner and decided to give it a go. Friendly service and good food! They even make all their desserts from scratch. I was too full, but my friend got the apple pie and the cookies, which were great! I had a go at the Old Fashioned Club and that was nice and...

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  • Good Coffee

    The Jamocha Bean serves cool smoothies, hot coffees, Breakfast and light foods and pastries. They have books on site so you can sit and relax for a while or get your items to go. Bring in your laptop and enjoy the free wireless internet. I'm old-fashioned about my coffee. The regular coffee was good.

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  • Fine Dining in Cloudcroft

    Rebecca's is located inside the lodge and boasts and award-winning chef. The restaurant is named after The Lodge's resident ghost. Rebecca's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as an elaborate Sunday brunch. The menu is varied and the food very good. There is also a grand piano with a musician playing during dinner. "Rebecca's dress...

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  • Best burger I have ever had!!

    Dave's Cafe is a very small cafe on the boardwalk. Our family of 5 stumbled into this wonderful place last summer. They have the best burgers I have ever had in my life!! Family friendly and so affordable!! We will be there this summer as much as we can!!! My husband loves reuben and the home made fries are to die for!!! The willy burger---spicy...

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  • One of the few down sides of...

    One of the few down sides of cloudcroft is that there are no quality eating places. There is a barbecue place and a bar/dinner in town. The reason ther isn't much more is the towns policy on francises. Cloudcroft is a small community and doesn't wish to see fast food and other big corporation enter their town.

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Cloudcroft Nightlife

  • Historic Bar

    The Western Bar is located next to the Cloudcroft Hotel in the center of the Burro Street Historic District. It looked like a typical bar, with some neon, beer posters, sports posters, etc. When, I was there the place was very busy and service was slow. Seemed popular with the bikers.They also serve Mexican and American food and have Lunch specials...

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  • High altitude + several beers = FUN!

    It's just a regular old bar, really, and yet its not... Just go there, have several drinks at altitude, meet some of the friendly local folks, pin a dollar bill with your names on it to the low ceiling, and have fun. Great place, and you can't miss it. Whatever you want--though I'd err on the side of casual.

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Cloudcroft Transportation

  • Cloudcroft Climb

    I pedaled out of El Paso on my DoubleVision tandem recumbent, stopping for a quick visits at Parkland High School, Campers Plus, a weight measurement of 181kg/400 pounds at Dyer Street Jobe. Pushing that much mass certainly justified an outstanding lunch at the Edge of Texas Restaurant. I continued North on US54, a premier route for all road users....

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  • US 82 through the Lincoln NF

    Part of US Highway 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft goes through the Lincoln National Forest. There is a nice pullout with great views just west of the tunnel.

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  • Scenic Roads

    The roads between Cloudcroft and Sunspot are two mountainous, curvy New Mexico Highways. They have a number of pulloffs so you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Tularosa Basin and take photos.

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Cloudcroft Shopping

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    by HispanicYob Written Feb 7, 2013

    Located along Burro Ave. in the Burro Street Exchange, this place is your typical shop that sells your typical gifts, everything from wooden sculptures to jewelry. What caught my eye that I had to come back here on my second visit was the carving of Yogi Bear. I wanted to get it for my parents since it would look good on their porch. I paid 150 bucks for it, it was a good price because if you went to Santa Fe, you could expect to pay twice as much for something similar.

    What to buy: If you're a fan of those little metal "antique" road signs that have the different advertisments and products on them like they used to have in malt shops back in the 50's, you can find them here. They sell 3 for 35 bucks approximately.

    What to pay: This is impossible to say off hand because like any other shop selling gifts, cost vary.

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Cloudcroft Warnings and Dangers

  • by Goliad Written May 20, 2008

    Cloudcroft is a beautiful little village, but, you should know before you go there that it is EXPENSIVE!!!! Count on paying two or three times what you would anywhere else, for --- pretty much everything!

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Cloudcroft What to Pack

  • by wendyjdt Written Feb 23, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: When traveling to Cloudcroft do not rely on having to go into town to buy your (groceries,batteries,fikm for your camera, steaks, charcoal,,etc) plan ahead and stop at the last "big grocery store and get all your stuff otherwise you will end up either without or making the 16 mile trek into town for basics.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: come prepared for all sorts of weather, cool, cold and warm. Weather may be cold in the morning cool mid morning and warm in the afternoon - then back to cold again.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: basic first aid kit will usually do

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: hats & sun screen - lip balm - higher altitudes you may burn easier without being aware of it.

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Cloudcroft Off The Beaten Path

  • NSO: Other Buildings

    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.

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  • NSO: Big Dome and Dunn Solar Telescope

    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.

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  • NSO: Exhibits

    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.

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Cloudcroft Sports & Outdoors

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    Ski Cloudcroft (in May, no snow)

    by Basaic Written May 29, 2009

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    I used to enjoy skiing but can no longer participate. This last visit, I was in Cloudcroft in May so no snow anyway. I have been here several times before though. Ski Cloudcroft is well-known and a great skiing destination.

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  • when in cloudcroft, you must...

    when in cloudcroft, you must visit the town mercantile. It is full of shops that will have something for everybody, no matter what your age. There are antiques, jewelry, toy, clothes, games, food, art, and much more to enjoy.Other activities to enjoy in cloudcroft are all of the outdoor variety. The town park is very nice, my little cousins always...

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  • You must go camping. The...

    You must go camping. The forests of New Mexico are grand places offering refuge from the hot deserts to the south and west, the cold mountains from the north, and the dried-out plains of the east. The Lincoln National Forest is located around Cloudcroft and offers many fine places to camp. The summer is the best time to go as it is relatively mild...

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