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 serene mountain village! Surrounded by beauty!
Reviewed by kk1992
on July 9, 2013
Cloudcoft is the most beautiful, coolest place on earth!!
Reviewed by Chris S
on July 9, 2013
Cloudcroft is beautiful inside and out! Beautiful scenery and beautiful people!
Reviewed by jennie a
on July 8, 2013
A Graduate of the 1980 Class from Cloudcroft High, I will always call it Home. My wife of twenty years Rest out at James Canyon enjoying the beauty for eternity, It will always be Home!!!!
Reviewed by Burddad94
on July 1, 2013
Cloudcroft is a hidden gem of 700 residents located at 9,000 feet in the Sacramento Mountains outside of Alamogordo. It sits amidst huge Pondersosa Pines and Douglas Fir, a far cry from the hot desert that surrounds this Alpine island in the sky. What a surprise to feel the cool air and see the green trees after a half hour drive up from Alamogordo. The closest large desert towns in the east are Carlsbad and Roswell. To the north is Ruidoso. Cloudcroft is a small old-western town complete with covered wooden boardwalks along either side of the four block long main street. If you're ever in south central New Mexico, you won't want to miss Cloudcroft - a true Alpine island in the sky, 4,000 above the surrounding desert.
Reviewed by Cloudcroftgirl
on September 17, 2012
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