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Old 07-15-2021, 02:57 PM   #1
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Cloudcroft/Ruidoso next summer?

We’ve been thinking of spending a month or two next summer in either Cloudcroft and/or Ruidoso, New Mexico areas … any tips or advice? RV parks? Must sees? Things to avoid? Is one better than the other?

Thanks for your help/opinions/tips!
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Both are worth checking out. Cloudcroft is a tougher drive, but doable. You’ll be near Alamogordo, white sands, Roswell and Carlsbad Caverns. All are worth checking out. There are a ton of RV places near Ruidoso. Cloudcroft has just the one that I know of. There are decent KOAs in both Carlsbad and Alamogordo. If they’re open again, the missile museum near White Sands and the alien museum in Roswell are interesting. You’ll probably want to stay up the hill in Ruidoso or Cloudcroft if you’re going in summer.
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Old 07-15-2021, 04:31 PM   #3
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We’ve been thinking of spending a month or two next summer in either Cloudcroft and/or Ruidoso, New Mexico areas … any tips or advice? RV parks? Must sees? Things to avoid? Is one better than the other?

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That's Billy The Kid territory. Don't miss a trip to Lincoln to see where a lot of it happened.
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That's Billy The Kid territory. Don't miss a trip to Lincoln to see where a lot of it happened.
Lincoln is a great day trip, to walk thru. There is also an old army fort that is now a museum near there. It's called Fort Stanton. It has a great history going all the way thru WW2.
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Cloudcroft is a wonderful town at almost 9000' and is almost a step back in time. If you want a quiet and peaceful vacation it's good. Harder to get to.

Ruidoso has always been busier, more traffic but a lot more to do and see. At about 7000' it will breath easier but will be warmer too.

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Both are worth checking out. Cloudcroft is a tougher drive, but doable. You’ll be near Alamogordo, white sands, Roswell and Carlsbad Caverns. All are worth checking out. There are a ton of RV places near Ruidoso. Cloudcroft has just the one that I know of. There are decent KOAs in both Carlsbad and Alamogordo. If they’re open again, the missile museum near White Sands and the alien museum in Roswell are interesting. You’ll probably want to stay up the hill in Ruidoso or Cloudcroft if you’re going in summer.
There are actually several other options on what I would call "the outskirts" of Cloudcroft. Certainly not as plentiful as Ruidoso of course.
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Plan way ahead. Busy in 3 seasons. Winters very cold. High elevations.
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If I might suggest do both.

If you have never been to Carlsbad Caverns I would start there and spend a few days. Then up to Cloudcroft to unwind and rest a while. A couple of good day trips are White Sands and Alamogordo are very doable.

Move over to Ruidoso somewhere in the middle of your time, it's really a different place from Cloudcroft. Lot's of things to do there. Billy the Kid has a big part in the area history.

It could be an interesting fun couple of months out of the Texas heat.
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To piggy back on this thread. I am planning a trip to Southern NM but late fall or winter for about 2 months. Roswell, Socorro, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Whites City. Do the touristy stuff, a spa at T or C, White Sands, Carlsbad & Guadalupe NP's. Probably day trip to Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, maybe Silver City, unless the weather is good. If the weather is bad we can just stay wherever we are.


Somewhat flexible on timing. Which do you think would be best/funnest? Interested in hiking, history, photography, scenic drives. Nov-Dec, Dec-Jan, Jan-Feb



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To piggy back on this thread. I am planning a trip to Southern NM but late fall or winter for about 2 months. Roswell, Socorro, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Whites City. Do the touristy stuff, a spa at T or C, White Sands, Carlsbad & Guadalupe NP's. Probably day trip to Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, maybe Silver City, unless the weather is good. If the weather is bad we can just stay wherever we are.


Somewhat flexible on timing. Which do you think would be best/funnest? Interested in hiking, history, photography, scenic drives. Nov-Dec, Dec-Jan, Jan-Feb



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We volunteered as campground hosts at Guadalupe Mountains National Park a couple of years ago. October and November are probably the best months ever there … the fall colors in McKittrick Canyon are awesome! The history at Frijole Ranch is inspiring (wow, you’d have to be mighty tough back then!). If interested, learn about the geology of those mountains, part of Capitan Reef, it’s almost like nowhere else on earth. For some serious hiking you can get up into the high country and you’ll think you’re maybe in Montana. Also the hike to the highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak, is so much better when it isn’t HOT! Pine Springs Campground, although basically a parking lot without any hookups whatsoever, is a good base … just keep a lookout for the forecast, can be some raging straight line winds there (100mph+).

Not gagillions of visitors at this National Park (that makes it golden!). Great place.
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We volunteered as campground hosts at Guadalupe Mountains National Park a couple of years ago. October and November are probably the best months ever there … the fall colors in McKittrick Canyon are awesome!

Also the hike to the highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak, is so much better when it isn’t HOT! Pine Springs Campground, although basically a parking lot without any hookups whatsoever, is a good base … just keep a lookout for the forecast, can be some raging straight line winds there (100mph+).

Not gagillions of visitors at this National Park (that makes it golden!). Great place.
Agree.... this is a beautiful park to explore at the right time of year. We also hiked the peak. Our name is up there!

We made it our base for Carlsbad Caverns one time. Another time we stayed at Brantley Lake State Park to do Carlsbad.
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Many great suggestions above.

I'd add seeing the Solar Observatory at Cloudcroft, very unique. Check out Ski Apache, it's a winter ski area. In the summer they operate a zip tour that has the highest launch point in the world at 11,000 ft and second longest zip tour in the world, hitting speeds of 65mph.

Another fun place near Carlsbad is Sitting Bulls Falls. A very nice hike above the falls.

White Sands Army Base has a good rocket museum and display. Don't forget the National Space Museum near Alamogordo. White Sands NP is just a few miles away.

Also nearby is Three Rivers Petroglyphs with outstanding examples of prehistoric Jornada Mogollon rock art.

A little farther to the north if Valley of Fire State Park. Another unique area.

Oh your question of which one. Base yourself out of either one and tour all around the area. There's a lots to see and do in that area. Do it all and have fun.
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