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!

CC is just a preview of Heaven! It is the most beautiful spot on Earth. Friendly people, gorgeous views, fantastic summer, spring, fall and winter weather! Cool, clear, sweet smelling mountain air. It is the nicest place in the Southern Rockies by far.
Reviewed by sealkay
on June 1, 2012
The beautiful little rivers and springs are breathe taking! Every time I visit I see something gorgeous that I missed before!
Reviewed by
on June 1, 2012
Cloudcroft is a charming, historical village in a beautiful high-country setting in the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico. It was founded in 1899 by the Eddy brothers, who established the "Cloud-Climbing" railroad on the highest and windiest terrain that ever carried standard-gauge (not narrow-gauge) rail tracks, in order to transport timber down from the forests and tourists up from hot valleys and basins. There is much colorful history here and the main street of Cloudcroft still retains the 'Old West' look and feel from its earliest days. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the many all-season outdoor activities, quaint shopping, good restaurants, and very friendly, small-town vibe. I feel very fortunate to live in the backwoods not too far from the village and come over for its many special and fun events year-round, and to volunteer for special needs for local residents.
Reviewed by lynbob
on June 1, 2012
What's not to love about Cloudcroft. Great summers, wonderful winters to enjoy, super friendly people, and fantastic places to see, visit, stay & eat at.
Reviewed by jwmackjr
on June 1, 2012
Cloudcroft is the place to be! Enjoy the great outdoors in the mountains, the wildlife, and the interesting activities that abound in the area.
Reviewed by aneeley
on June 1, 2012
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