Cloudcroft New Mexico goes wild for Mardi Gras

February 22, 2014 in Blog

It might be hard to believe, but our little mountain town of Cloudcroft, New Meixco goes wild for Mardi Gras. Okay, maybe not that wild, "mardi gras" "cloudcroft" "new mexico"but the annual celebration is something our community looks forward to, and this year is no different. We might not be getting crazy like they do in New Orleans, but for a little village in southern New Mexico, we have a pretty good time.

Taking place over the weekend of February 28th, 2014, the Cloudcroft’s annual Mardi Gras in the Clouds celebration is full of things to do. Friday kicks off with an introduction of the 2013 Mardi Gras king and queen at 2pm, and then the 2014 “Monster Mash” theme gets rolling with live music and a spicy Cajun cooking contest. Saturday’s festivities begin in the morning: at 10am, as “Burro-bon St.” merchants will be open, and Cajun cuisine will be served. The rest of the day features the parade, "mardi gras" "new mexico" cloudcroftmore live bands, a parade float trophy presentation and the “king dance” and costume competition. Then on Sunday, in addition to the Burro Ave celebration, there will be the second annual battle of the bands in the Mardi Gras tent from 11-5, where area bands compete for a cash prize!

Our annual Mardi Gras celebration is a fun and family-friendly event, making Mardi Gras one of the best weekends to visit Cloudcroft. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

October is One of the Best to Vacation in Cloudcroft

October 14, 2013 in Blog

How’s your fall so far? Along with the seasonal changes to the scenery (falling leaves, people wearing sweaters), fall in Cloudcroft is Cloudcroft fall "new mexico"marked by a busy month for town events—we’ve already had the art festival, and the High Rolls Apple Festival is this weekend, and everyone’s favorite trick-or-treat alternative, Harvestfest is on the 26th. In fact, October is one of the best months to vacation in Cloudcroft, on account of the various happenings throughout the month, not to mention fantastic weather, when there’s a chill in the air but no snow.

The High Rolls Apple Festival, held in nearby High Rolls on October 19-20, is a fun outing for the family. It’s also delicious, as festival-goers can sample apple products to their hearts content. Besides plenty of cider and other treats, the Festival also has children’s activities and arts and crafts for sale. It’s a fun event for the whole family, and a great way to spend a morning—you’ll "high rolls" apple festival fallwant to get there early in the morning too; the parking is free, but the spots fill up!

After you’ve browsed the festival, head up Highway 82 to the Old Apple Barn for lunch. High Rolls is another little gem of a town in southern New Mexico, and the Old Apple Barn is one of its highlights. Besides apple stuff, treat yourself to their delicious gourmet fudge, or grab one of their tasty Sheboygan bratwursts or smoked elk sausage dogs. There’s a gift shop full of fun knickknacks, and you can even bring home a bag of local coffee beans. Whether you stop by the Festival or hang around town, the fall in southern New Mexico is a beautiful time of year to visit, and annual events like the High Rolls Apple Festival will make your stay in Cloudcroft even sweeter!

Cloudcroft’s July Jamboree

July 7, 2013 in Blog

You might be surprised to find that a little town such as Cloudcroft has plenty to do during the summer—besides a host of outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and climbing, the town itself has a shopping and dining, plus the Light Opera Company, which regularly puts on fun melodramas for the community. The Light Opera Company will be performing during the July Jamboree on July 14 and 15.

"july amboree" "cloudcroft new mexico" "new mexico" vacationThe July Jamboree is a fun arts and crafts fair that brings over 60 artisans to Zenith Park. Families can browse the artists’ booths for new handicrafts and artistic endeavors, not to mention some yummy July Jamboree food! The July Jamboree is another reason to come hang out in the mountains of southern New Mexico, not to mention weather that’s comparatively cooler during the day, while dropping into the 60s and even 50s at night. It’s a nice change when you’ve been suffering the heat of a place like Texas or Arizona.

Whether you come for a weekend when Cloudcroft has a community event or not, our town is a great little respite from big city hassles and hot summer temps, and you’ll appreciate the rejuvenating quality of walking through a mountain meadow or sitting on a deck on a cool evening. Take some vacation time and spend it with us this summer!

Memorial Day Weekend in Cloudcroft New Mexico

May 23, 2013 in Blog

Wow, is it Memorial Day weekend already? Every year we look forward to Memorial Day weekend because of Cloudcroft’s Mayfair, but "new mexico" cloudcroft "memorial day"it just seems to sneak up on us! In any case, we’re excited to visit Zenith Park this weekend and see what artists from Cloudcroft and all over New Mexico have in store. With two days of running into friends, munching on food, and checking out locally made art, Memorial Day weekend in Cloudcroft is always a blast.

Whether you find something to hang on your walls or not, the 36th Annual Mayfair is a fun activity for the whole family, and it’s one of Cloudcroft’s main events. It makes a great prelude to Memorial Day weekend cookouts, and if you have small kids, it’s a "new mexico" cloudcroft meladrama "memorial day"great way to wear them out so you can relax with a cold beer or a glass of wine in the evening. All in all, about 2,000 people come from all over to browse paintings, glassware, jewelry and other arts and crafts, and you’ll want to allot plenty of time to meander past all the booths—between the art, food, and live music you’ll find, it makes for a memorable way to spend the Saturday.

The event starts on Saturday, May 26th and continues through Sunday, running from 10am to 5pm both days. In addition to the art on display, you’ll also be able to catch Cloudcroft’s light theatre company’s melodrama performance on Saturday at 7:30. Hope to see you there!

Cloudcroft Fall Harvest Fest

October 14, 2012 in Blog

Well, the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping, and before too long, we’ll see the first flakes of snow. Before Cloudcroft Cloudcroft Fall Harvest Fest turns into a charming little winter hamlet (like you’d find in a snowglobe, perhaps), it’s celebrating fall with the Fall Harvest Fest Saturday, October 27. It’s a good alternative to Halloween for younger children, especially since Halloween falls on a weeknight this year.

This event is a spooktacular day of family fun, and if you have kids, you definitely don’t want to miss it. Even if you don’t have any little ones putting on costumes, the event will be a hoot for everyone, as the Nivision library is showcasing carved and decorated pumpkins at 1pm, followed by a costume contest and parade on Burro Avenue at 3p. We can’t wait to see what the most popular Halloween costume is—we have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of little Avengers out there. Of course, you can’t celebrate Halloween in Cloudcroft without trick or treating, so Burro Avenue will turn into a veritable candy depot from 4-6p for all the little super-heroes, monsters, and other things that go bump (and shout “Trick-or-treat”) in the night.

Cloudcroft New Mexico FallOur favorite part of the Fall Harvest Festival? The 17th Annual Great Pumpkin Race! Amateurs, semi-pros and pros will compete for prizes by rolling pumpkins down a hill. It’s as hilarious as it sounds, and it’s fun to see what kind of wheels the pros put on their pumpkins. Be sure to get there before 11a because that’s when the races start. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Plan Your Fall New Mexico Mountain Vacation

September 11, 2012 in Blog

Well, did you have a good Labor Day weekend? We had a blast at the downtown fiesta—the outhouse races were a total hoot. If there’s one thing we love about Cloudcroft (and there are, in fact, many things), it’s the community events that get everyone out of the house and interacting with the rest of the town; this weekend, we have another one that’s sure to bring lots of laughs and fun times. On "lumberjack day" cloudcroft "new mexico"Saturday, September 15, Cloudcroft comes out for Lumberjack Day.

Lumberjack Day is one of the most entertaining happenings you can see in Cloudcroft (or anywhere else for that matter). With events ranging from men’s and women’s axe throwing to a variety of chopping competitions, Cloudcroft Lumberjack Day is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday. While competitive in nature, the contests are outlandish enough to draw your attention so that the feats performed can keep you riveted. Mountain men chunking axes at targets? Where else besides a Game of Thrones episode can you watch something like that?

Over in Ruidoso, rev up your engines! It’s time for the Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally. Riders will enjoy 5 different poker runs/tours, Bike Judging, Free Meals, plus a chances to win a New Harley-Davidson!"golden aspen" ruidoso "bike ralley" "new mexico"

Cloudcroft’s Chamber of Commerce website updates its calendar pretty regularly, so if you’re looking to spend a weekend away, you can plan your New Mexico mountain vacation according to whatever we have going on in a given month. Or not—even if nobody is tossing a log over their shoulder or racing to saw something in half, a Cloudcroft staycation is a great way to unwind; not matter where you go, you’ll meet the locals, so book a rental and introduce yourself. We’re glad to meet you, perhaps during the standing block chop on Saturday.

BAAM New Mexico Music Fest

June 12, 2012 in Blog

"BAMM music festival"There’s no denying that Cloudcroft is a small mountain town, and certainly, being a quaint little village is one of the main reasons why I love where I live so much—the peace, the quiet, the serenity of being outdoors with nature makes this place really special. But sometimes, a little bit of loud noise is great, which is why I’m excited about the third annual Badass Mountain Music Fest June 15th and 16th!

The BAMM fest, held at the Ski Cloudcroft ski resort Friday evening and all day Saturday has a great line up of rock, folk, hip hop, and a whole lot more; with the exception of El Paso’s The Hillside Gamblers and The Lusitania, all the bands are born and bred here in New Mexico, including Cloudcroft’s own Electric Bones—Cloudcroft may not be Austin, Seattle, or L.A., but we like to rock a little bit, too!


In addition to the music, mountain bikers can take advantage of Ski Cloudcroft’s chairlifts to get to the top of the runs and then blast down to the bottom; you can ride the chairlifts up and down, too, even if you’re not at all keen on racing down a mountain on a bicycle. You can also camp during the weekend, but get there early, since the spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.


All in all, the BAMM Fest is just another great get-together in the Cloudcroft community, and it’s one more fun event that makes our town such a great little vacation destination.