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!



Over 20 unique stores located in the Village of Cloudcroft.

Enjoy and explore the unique shopping opportunities available in Cloudcroft.  From sport equipment to fine jewelry, clothing of all types, artwork, bakery items and gifts for yourself or all the special people in your life.



Hiking and camping

Whether you are a casual hiker or a serious athletic hiker, there is a trail for you.  Explore historical trails that follow the paths of the old Cloud Climbing railroad, walk through the rich forest areas, enjoy panoramic views of the Tularosa Basin. Cloudcroft is also known for its camp areas.  Come and enjoy some beautiful trails and camping.

A.  Trestle Recreation Area -

B.  Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail -

C.  Rim Trail -

D. Osha Trail -

E. Bluff Springs -




Summer outdoor recreation

Spend quality time in the great outdoors of the Sacramento Mountains.  Ride an ATV, play golf on a challenging course, bring your bike or rent one to ride the forest trails, play disc golf in the center of Zenith Park or look for "buried" treasures hidden by other Geocashers.

A.  Golf -

B.  Biking & Outdoor Recreation -

C.  Disc Golf Course - 

D. Hiking




Winter Activities

Winter is a great time to come to the mountains and play in the snow  New skiers and experienced skiers alike, downhill or cross country or snow boarding there is a hill awaiting you.  Trade in the skis for a set of blades and take to the ice under the covered ice rink.

A.  Cloudcroft Ice

B.  Ski Cloudcroft -



Wine and beer tasting

Enjoy some local spirits, wines and beers made locally or brought in from some of the finest wineries and breweries.

A.  Noisy Water Winery -

B.  Heart of the Desert -

C.  Pistachio Land -

D.  Cloudcroft Brewing Company -


Cloudcroft Light Opera company

801 James Canyon Highway


Where can you go to enjoy the antics of the beautiful heroine, the dastardly villian or the dashing hero?  The Cloudcroft Light Opera COmpany brings fun and laughter to the mountains all through the summer months.

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.


Chamber events


The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce brings many events to the village each year.  From Mardi Gras in the Clouds to the many art and craft shows held in the park, the lumberjack competition and family fun for all ages are available all year.



Relax and enjoy being pampered.  Let experienced therapists melt away your troubles, ease those aching muscles and rejuvenate your energy.

The Lodge Resort and Spa -



Sacramento Mountains Museum & Pioneer village


Discover the fascinating history of the area of 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 life.

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


Petting zoo/fishing pond/Observatory

Cast your line and take your chances trying to catch "the big one".  Go to the petting zoo and spend some time getting to know the animals. Check out the Sunspot Observatory! Fun for the whole family!

A.  Silver Springs Fishing Pond -

B.  Runyan Ranches -

C.  Sunspot Astronomy & Visitor Center -