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Cloudcroft

4.5
Hiking Trails · Historic Walking Areas · Outdoor Activities
Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 674 at the 2010 census. Despite being located in an otherwise arid region, its extremely high elevation (8600ft; one of the highest in the U.S.) allows for a relatively mild summer that makes it a popular tourist attraction in West Texas and New Mexico. It was named by Fodor's in 2002 as the Number 3 "Most Overlooked and Underrated Destination Spot." Tourism remains the primary economic driver of the village.Several small communities near Cloudcroft: Weed, Lost Lodge, Sunspot, Mayhill, Piñon, and Timberon.HistoryIn the 1890s, the El Paso and Northeastern Railroad, organized by brothers Charles Bishop Eddy and John Arthur Eddy, arrived in the newly founded town of Alamogordo intending to continue the rail line north to the mining town of White Oaks and beyond. This required a steady supply of timber. In 1898 the Eddy brothers sent a survey crew into the Sacramento Mountains to determine the feasibility of extending a line up the summit to harvest the forests. The crew reported that not only was it possible, but the area could attract visitors. The name of Cloudcroft–a pasture for the clouds–was suggested and work on the line soon began.
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Osha Trail
Hiking Trail
Osha Trail
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
New Mexico Rails-to-Trails
Historic Walking Area
New Mexico Rails-to-Trails
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
State Route 244
Scenic Drive
State Route 244
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Trestle Recreation Area ©
Outdoor Activity
Trestle Recreation Area
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Cloudcroft

White Sands National Monument
Geologic Formation
White Sands National Monument New Mexico
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
Specialty Museum
New Mexico Museum of Space History Alamogordo
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Heart of the Desert ©
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Heart of the Desert Alamogordo
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
McGinn's PistachioLand
Winery / Vineyard
McGinn's PistachioLand Alamogordo
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Cloudcroft

Sacramento Mountains Museum ©
Historic Site
Sacramento Mountains Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Bluff Springs ©
Outdoor Activity
Bluff Springs
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Nichols Ranch and Orchards ©
Farm
Nichols Ranch and Orchards
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Off the Beaten Path ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Off the Beaten Path
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Cloudcroft

The Burro Street Exchange ©
Shopping Mall
The Burro Street Exchange
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Cloudcroft

Silver Springs Fishing Pond
Water Body
Silver Springs Fishing Pond
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Cloudcroft

Rim Trail
Hiking Trail
Rim Trail
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

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