Things to Do

10 Things in Cloudcroft You Won't Want to Miss

Find plenty of cool things to do in Cloudcroft all year long. From golf and tennis to hiking, biking, skiing and ice skating as well as horseback riding, fishing and hunting, there's always something fun for everyone!

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Sacramento Mountains Museum & Pioneer Village

1000 Highway 82, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
575-682-2932
cloudcroftmuseum.com

Discover the fascinating history of the area the Mescalero Apaches once called Pisacah, “a place of plenty,” at the Sacramento Mountains Museum & Pioneer Village. Learn about the early settlers, the building of the “impossible” railroad, the founding of Cloudcroft and more. Explore the Pioneer Village to see what settler life was like in a rugged log cabin and during the early days of the farming and ranching industry.

Open, weather permitting, Sundays, 1 to 4 pm year-round; 10 am to 4 pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in summer; and 10 am to 4 pm Friday and Saturday in winter.

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Cloudcroft Light Opera Company

801 James Canyon Hwy
575-491-0194
cloudcroftlightoperaco@gmail.com
www.cloudcroftlightopera.org

The popular Cloudcroft Light Opera Company was founded in 1991 by two friends with theater backgrounds who organized a Christmas play performance on the back porch of the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce. Today, the company performs rollicking vaudeville and melodramas and also hosts murder mysteries.

 

3

The Lodge Golf Course

601 Corona Place
575-682-2566  |   1-800- 395-6343
info@thelodgeresort.com
www.thelodgeresort.com/golf

One of North America's oldest golf courses, the 9-hole Lodge Golf Course offers spectacular terrain. Tee off on the first hole and you're met with a 150-foot vertical drop and it only gets better. Established in 1899, it's one of the world's highest golf courses, at 9,000 feet, and follows the Scottish tradition of playing different tees and separate flags on each hole. Play it twice for a challenging 18-hole round. Open daily, April through October.

 

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Ski Cloudcroft

1920 Hwy 82, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
575-682-2333
info@skicloudcroft.net
www.skicloudcroft.net

The country's southernmost ski resort, situated high above the Tularosa Basin, Ski Cloudcroft offers alpine and cross-country skiing as well as night skiing and snow tubing. The mountain has a base elevation of 8,400 feet and 700-foot vertical rise, with 25 trails serviced by two lifts. Ski Cloudcroft has trails for all levels of skiers as well as ski classes and equipment rentals.
Due to unpredictable weather, the season may change but it generally runs from December through Spring Break in March.

 

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Trestle Recreation Area

575-682-2551
www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recarea/?recid=34242

This day-use picnicking site, located at the west end of Cloudcroft in the Lincoln National Forest, offers access to popular area trails. Pick up trail maps at the train depot replica and enjoy lunch at one of the picnic tables before setting off on a hike. There's also a flower garden and interpretive information as well as water and restroom facilities.

Located just west of the junction of US 82 and NM 130 on Forest Road 24M. Follow signs for the railway depot.

 

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New Mexico Rails-to-Trails: Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail

575-682-2551
nmrailstotrails.org
www.traillink.com/trail/cloud-climbing-trestle-trail/

This moderate, 1.2 mile-long trail winds through the Trestle Recreation Area, overlooking panoramic views of the dunes in White Sands National Monument and the San Andreas Mountains. The trail starts at the replica railway depot and follows the former Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railroad, passing the remnants of the “S” trestle, which once contained two 30-degree curves. Further down the trail sits the 323 foot-long wooden Mexican Canyon Trestle, which is as tall as a six-story building. Built in 1889, the trestle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The trail is open for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding and is part of an eight-mile loop.

Located just west of the junction of US 82 and NM 130 on Forest Road 24M. Follow signs for the railway depot.

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Rim Trail

575-682-2551
www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5414078.pdf

New Mexico's first U.S. Forest Service Trail to be designated a National Recreation Trail, the 30.5 mile Rim Trail offers a fascinating mix of old Indian paths, homestead trails, railroad grades, logging routes and more. Located on the western rim of the Sacramento Mountains, the trail has many access points along the route offering smaller loop options. Pass through green meadows and pine and aspen tree stands and enjoy breathtaking views of White Sands National Monument and the Tularosa Basin more than 4,000 feet below you. From Cloudcoft to Slide Campground, the Rim Trail is open only to hikers and pack animals. The rest of the trail, from Slide to Sacramento River, is open to bikes and motorcycles as well.

From Cloudcroft, take N.M.130 south 0.8 miles and turn left onto Frontage Road 24B, where the first trailhead is location. For more access points, head 1.1 miles further on N.M. 130 and turn right onto Sunspot Highway.

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Osha Trail

575-682-2551
www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-mexico/osha-trail--2f

This 2.5-mile moderate loop trail in the Lincoln National Forest takes you through a fir forest and offers views of White Sands National Monument. It's popular with hikers of all levels, as well as trail runners and sunset watchers, but it does have some steep slopes. Keep an eye out for elk and, in summer, gorgeous wildflowers.

Drive north on US 82 from the junction of NM 130 for about .4 miles to the turn-off and parking area for the main trailhead, located on the right side of the highway.

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Bluff Springs

575-682-2551
www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recarea/?recid=40310

This serene spot offers partially developed picnic spots and primitive camping areas with a small railroad trestle and spring-fed waterfalls that cascade over the bluff. It's a bit of a rough drive to reach Bluff Springs, but it's well worth it for its pristine beauty and abundant wildlife. Explore the area on trails of varying lengths and you might meet picnickers, hikers and even artists enjoying plein-air painting.

Two miles south of Cloudcroft, take Sunspot Highway/NM6563 for 8 miles and turn left onto Rio Penasco Road/County Road C017. This paved road turns to dirt after Water Canyon. Drive on the dirt portion for 1.5 miles until you reach Bluff Springs on your right.

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10

Silver Springs Fishing Pond

449 Hwy 244 Cloudcroft, NM 88317
575-682-1148
silverspringsRVandTrout@gmail.com
www.silverspringsrvtrout.com

This family-friendly fishing pond also offers full-hookup RV camping sites. Bring your own fishing gear and bait, or rent your gear on site, and then relax and fish to your heart's content in the trout-stocked mountain pond. You'll buy your catch, paying by the inch, and if you're camping, cook it up right there for a pond-to-table meal.

449 Highway 24, 5 miles outside of Cloudcroft.

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