About Cloudcroft

Formed over 100 years ago, this mountain gem has been an escape for tourism, businesses and retirees. At 9,000 feet above sea level, 16 miles from Alamogordo and 4,500 feet higher, Cloudcroft offers breathtaking views, diverse wildlife, and a climate unique to southern New Mexico. Come escape to the clouds and experience a new altitude.

Cloudcroft History

Cloudcroft, New Mexico - The Most Enchanting Part of the Land of Enchantment! One hundred years ago, the railroad was completed between Alamogordo, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The railroad's owners were intrigued by the majestic mountains to the East of Alamogordo and soon sent a survey party to the summit. They discovered untouched wilderness and a wonderland  of wildlife, plants, and trees. They were also impressed with the way the clouds blanketed the ground because at 9,000 feet above sea-level, Cloudcroft was literally in the clouds. The name Cloudcroft is a term related to an English description of a clearing covered in clouds. Soon after, an excursion train was established to the top of the mountain and the Village of Cloudcroft was born. For the first half of Cloudcroft's existence, the train was the only means of travel to the Village (except possibly by pack mule). In the mid-1940s, the first highway to the village was opened, taking away much of the train's logging and excursion business. The train discontinued service to the Village in 1948. Although it has been over a half century since the train chugged into the sleepy mountain Village, the spirit of the old railroad still prevails with signs of it obvious in many places. Today, Cloudcroft has all the amenities of modern living while still hanging on to its heritage of rugged pioneer life. It is the destination of thousands of visitors each year. In the summer, it is a wonderful place to get away from the heat of the lower elevations (Cloudcroft is an average of 20 degrees cooler than Alamogordo, sixteen miles and 4,500 feet higher.) The Village area features winter pastimes such as snowmobiling and snow tubing at Mystical Mountain, as well as ice skating, and Nordic and Alpine skiing. Summer pastimes include horseback riding, fishing, golf (the Lodge Golf Course is the highest in North America), camping, hiking, biking, hunting, and, our four seasons pastime, shopping on and around Burro Street. Cloudcroft is the home of several of America's most accomplished artists in many different disciplines. Their original works are available in local shops. There is lot's of fun for the whole family. Come and escape to a new altitude!

 

 
 
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