Cloudcroft, New Mexico


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

695 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
22 Votes - "Friendliest"
3 Votes - "Most Fun"
2 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Best For Food"


At almost 9,000 feet of elevation, Cloudcroft boasts picturesque views and mild temperatures. Only 850 people occupy this small town, where one trip to the Western Bar will make any visitor feel at home. Start your visit on Burro Street, the town’s main street and commonplace, then make your way to Highway 82 to eat at a local dig.

A local landmark, The Lodge Resort provides a wide array of recreation options, including golf, biking, snowmobiling, hiking, snow tubing and cross country skiing. There’s also a spa, swimming pool and shopping on site. Visitors can additionally horseback ride, camp, ski, fish or hunt locally.

Kids will enjoy Zenith Park and the nearby Toy Train Depot, with model trains and a museum, while the whole family can take advantage of ice-skating at The Village, tennis at Frazer Courts, several hiking trails, and skiing at Ski Cloudcroft. Cloudcroft Light Opera Company offers entertainment beyond the karaoke at the Western.

Last, don’t miss the Sacramento Mountains Museum & Pioneer Village, where the story of the first settlers here and Cloudcroft’s development since are portrayed. View the village, exhibits, chapel and general store for a feel of the area’s past in the present. See what else Cloudcroft offers with these reviews!

A visit to Cloudcroft is a trip back in time to a simpler, slower lifestyle in a beautiful little mountain village filled with friendly people. Quaint shops, art fairs, lumberjack competitions, music festivals, parades, and more attract visitors to the village. hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing and hunting are popular activities in the surrounding Lincoln National Forest. At 9000 ft. elevation, the summer highs are in the mid 70's making Cloudcroft a mountain oasis for southern NM and west TX.
Reviewed by 30592
on June 1, 2012
Cloudcroft is what I affectionately call "My Happy Place". Have been coming to this beautiful and friendly little village since the early 70s and it's maintained it's village charm all these years. Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Hunting....there is something for everybody. Its a short drive White Sands or Casinos which make for great day trips.
Reviewed by melco
on June 1, 2012
I have been coming to Cloudcroft for about 7 years now. Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer. Our family enjoys this beautiful town better than any where around. We have Snowboarded one season, ride 4wheelers the next, shopped and ate. Does not get any better that that.
Reviewed by cmabe
on June 1, 2012
My family and I decided to spend our Christmas in Cloudscroft one year and to this day everyone agree's it was the best Christmas ever. Now all my girls are grown and have families of there own and once again we have decided to spend our next Christmas in Clouds Croft....Its a very sweet place.
Reviewed by debwebb6466
on June 1, 2012
simply the BEST! BEAUTY beyond words!
Reviewed by pauladianejones
on May 31, 2012
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