Fun Things to do in Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, and Otero County

April 6, 2015 in Blog

"cloudcroft railroad" vacation trails Cloudcroft "new mexico"Every September visitors flock to Alamogordo for the fantastic balloon festival. But Alamogordo and Otero County have fun activities going on all year round. This spring you can enjoy nature, hiking the trails of the Lincoln National Forest and the Cloud Climbing Rail Trail.

Here are a few of our favorite local attractions:

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Visit the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is to see some of most interesting rock art and concentrations of petroglyphs in the Southwest. In addition to numerous geometric and abstract designs, you will see more than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants. The site covers over 50 acres of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.

The Toy Train Depot

Toy train enthusiasts will love a visit to the Toy Train Depot in Alamogordo, You can see a collection of hundreds of model and toy trains on display in the 100-year-old depot. The exhibit includes a 1,000 square foot HO layout representing 1940′s era Alamogordo, NM. The Toy Train Depot also has the smallest scaled working train in the world. Don’t forget to take a ride on the small-scale train circling Alameda Park. The train departs the depot every 30 minutes.

New Mexico Museum of Space History

The Museum of Space History has a variety of space exploration related exhibitions such as the rocket experiments near Roswell and a mock-up of the International Space Station.There is alsoo the International Space Hall of Fame, the John P. Stapp Air & Space Park, the Daisy Track, which commemorates some of NASA’s Project Mercury aeromedical space tests.

You can tour a model of the 2001 space and see a collection of historic space items, including the Sonic Wind I rocket sled. And watch nature related films on a 40-foot wrap-around Omni Max system at the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Theater and Planetarium.

"white sands" national monumentWhite Sands National Monument

Located at the northern end of the Chihuahua Desert, the White Sands National Monument is one of the world’s great natural wonders and one of New Mexico’s best National Monument at-tractions. The glowing dunes cover almost 300 square miles of desert, making White Sands Na-tional Monument the world’s largest gypsum dune field.

Other Local Events and Activities

Lincoln National Forest

Gillespie Ranch

• PistachioLand

Whether you are on vacation or you live here, take advantage of the local events and attraction and enjoy all that Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, and Otero County have to offer.

Spring Break in Cloudcroft is for Nature Lovers

March 2, 2015 in Blog

Get out of the city and commune with Mother Nature. Cloudcroft, New Mexico, is the ideal spring break destination for nature lovers. You can spend your spring break vacation in a lovely, rustic cabin and enjoy mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor activities in nearby Lincoln "spring break"National Forest.

Lincoln National Forest

Cloudcroft is located just a short drive from the Sacramento Ranger District of Lincoln National Forest. There are more than 548,800 acres for you to explore.

This forest district also is home to Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, aspen and oak trees; a variety of birds; Blue Columbine, Alpine Daisy, Penstemon and Larkspur wild flowers; and wildlife such as white-tailed deer, black bears and Rocky Mountain elk.

Hiking Trails

Sacramento Ranger District of Lincoln National Forest has a large variety of hiking trails. Many of the trails are ideal for day-hiking and backpacking. They range in length and difficulty from the easy 1.4-mile Sunspot Trail to the difficult 7.3-mile long Alamo Canyon Trail.

Click for a map of Sacramento Ranger District hiking trails.

Take a Scenic Drive

Photographers will love the opportunity to take pictures of the beautiful nature scenery in and around Cloudcroft and the Lincoln National Forest.

"cloudcroft railroad" vacation trails Cloudcroft "new mexico"As you drive along U.S. 82, northwest of Cloudcroft you’ll see the Mexican Canyon Trestle. This historic railroad trestle is the largest of its kind. Take a picnic and spend the day at the Trestle Recreation Area. There are day-hiking trails, as well as picnic tables and restroom facilities.

Other areas such as Mexican Canyon Trestle, Haynes, Cathey and Nelson Canyon Vistas have stunning views.

Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers will love spending spring break in Cloudcroft. There are more than 8 miles of trails just north of Cloudcroft. You can also try mountain biking trails such as the Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail or Apple Tree Canyon Trail in Lincoln National Forest.

Vacation Rentals

The best part of spending spring break in Cloudcroft is that after a day of hiking and mountain biking, you can return to a comfortable cabin, like Whispering Pines for a hot bath and dinner.

Nature lovers will love staying at Cloudcroft’s Spruce Cabins in the Lincoln National Forest. These cozy mountain cabins are available in sizes suited for couples or a group or family.

Cabin #4 sleeps up to four people, with a queen-size sofa sleeper, a bedroom with a queen bed and a 3/4 bath. The cabin also has a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and dishes and pots and pans, as well as cable TV, microwave, coffee maker, an iron and ironing board.

Contact Amigo Realty for more information about spring break vacation rentals in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

Enjoy a Cupid’s Connection in Cloudcroft for Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2015 in Blog

Have you already made plans for Valentine’s Day? Will this be another year with you going to out to dinner at a crowded restaurant for an over-priced meal with a hundred other couples?

Instead, you could whisk your special loved one off on a beautiful, romantic getaway to the mountains of New Mexico. This year, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) falls on a Saturday, making it perfect for a romantic weekend getaway."valentine's day" cloudcroft "new mexico romanic getaway

Rent a Room with a View

Spend a romantic weekend in Lonestar Cabin, a rustic two-bedroom cabin that overlooks the Lincoln National Forest. It is also within walking distance to downtown Cloudcroft. Minimum stay: Two nights.

Take a look at A Wonderful Place, Hawk’s Roost and other cozy vacation cabins for rent. Just imagine drinking champagne and eating chocolate-covered strawberries on the patio with a mountain view. Now that’s romantic!

For Nature Lovers Only

Cloudcroft is just a few minutes away from some of New Mexico’s most scenic views. Nature lovers can take a hike in the Lincoln National Forest or from the fascinating White Sands National Monument to Cloudcroft’s historic Mexico Canyon Trestle. You can fall in love with nature and each other all over again.

Contact Amigo Realty to book your vacation rental in time for Valentine’s Day.

*Video from Cloudcroft CVB 

Start the New Year Off Right in a Peaceful Mountain Retreat

December 29, 2014 in Blog

What is your New Year’s Eve tradition? Do you celebrate the new year with a champagne toast with loved ones, attend a big party or gather around the TV to watch the Times Square celebration and see big ball drop?

"new years" resolution New Year’s Eve Traditions

Many New Year’s Eve traditions involve eating a particular type of food at midnight to bring good luck in the coming year.

In the south, eating black-eyed peas and corn bread is a popular tradition. Other traditions including eating collard greens, grapes, pork or special cakes. Read Lucky Foods for the New Year for more ideas.

This year, why not start a New Year’s Eve tradition of your own?

Start your new year in a peaceful mountain retreat in Cloudcroft, NM. Instead of attending a noisy, crowded party, you can enjoy a picturesque view of snow-capped mountains while sitting around a cozy fireplace and sipping a cup of hot chocolate.

Local Attractions

Don’t worry about being bored. There are several fun things to do… like hiking, skiing, as well as local attractions, dining and shopping.

Cloudcroft is less than an hour’s drive from Ruidoso Downs, White Sands National Monument, the Space Museum and Toy Train Depot in Alamogordo. You can also take a day trip to Carlsbad Caverns.

Cloudcroft Vacation Rentals

"whispering pines" cabins cloudcroftHoliday rentals are available in all sizes, with a variety of amenities. You can rent a lovely mountain retreat for the whole family or a cozy cabin for romantic weekend.

Whispering Pines is a lovely two bedroom loft mountain home that sleeps up to 6 people. It has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in the living room. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, where you can cook a big pot of lucky black-eyed peas. It is the perfect place for a group of friends to spend a new year’s vacation.

You will love ringing in the new year with your family in Heath Cabin. It is a fully furnished, 2800 sq. ft custom built log home, located just a short walk downtown Cloudcroft.

Heath Cabin features a fireplace with wood stove insert, cable TV/VCR/DVD andWi-Fi Internet. It also has a charcoal grill on the patio. With 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths, this beautiful mountain retreat is ideal for family getaway.

Make your reservation online or call 1-866-682-3312.

Spend an Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Mountains

December 1, 2014 in Blog

After 11 months of crowded streets and hectic traffic, why not spend an old-fashioned Christmas with your family in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Our charming town is a winter wonderland, nestled in the Rocky Mountains.

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There are many ways to enjoy the holidays in Cloudcroft. Start the day with a day of shopping at Cricklewood & Company for fragrant candles, soaps and lotions or find handmade silver and turquoise jewelry at Sam’s Silver Lining. After holiday gift shopping, stop by Big Daddy’s Diner for lunch or a slice of homemade pie.

 

Holiday Events in Cloudcroft

 

Cloudcroft’s Annual Light Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 7:00p

The tree lighting will take place on Burro Street, after the parade. Bring an ornament and you can help decorate the tree! Refreshments will be available, starting at 5:00p.

Ullr Fest 2014

Cloudcroft Skating Rink

December 6, 2014, at 8:00p

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” Come celebrate winter with a blazing bonfire at this holiday festival.

Santa Land Bonfire

Zenith Park Pavillion

Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 4:00p

Bring your children to see Santa Claus at Zenith Park. The whole family will enjoy a festive holiday afternoon, while drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 5 p.m. with holiday cookies for the children.

Visit Cloudcroft for the holidays and enjoy the small-town charm and snowcapped mountains views from a custom built log home.

Rentals are available for Christmas, visit Amigo Realty to book your reservation online or call 1-866-682-3312 for more information.

Where to Stay During Hunting Season in Cloudcroft New Mexico

November 7, 2014 in Blog

hunting cloudcroft "new mexico"And just like that, hunting season has begun with a “BANG”! If you’re anything like me, this is my favorite time of year. This is a time to leave the busy, hectic hustle and bustle of big city living and return to nature. It’s time to regain our innermost senses, time to feel like a human once again and rely on our most primitive instincts and impulses. The meat fridge in your garage has once again become bare and it’s up to you to fill it back up. I have a feeling you’re not planning on calling Sam the Butcher to do the job for you! Heck no, he could never supply you with the quality non-gmo injected meat that a healthy free-roaming animal could provide. No meat supplier could ever give you the joy and satisfaction offered by successfully hunting an animal on your own."new mexico" hunting cloudcroft

If you already have your tags and license ready, there’s only one thing more you need. That one thing is a place to relax and mentally prepare yourself for the days hunt while you’re out here in God’s country. No rinky-dink, 30-minute drive Holiday-Inn is going to do it for you either. You are going to need something close… really close. Look at it this way, you’re getting up before the crack of dawn anyway, do you want to wake up even earlier and drive for 15 or more minutes before you even start your hike into the brush? The Spruce Cabins in Cloudcroft, NM is your ideal spot for keeping your mind on your hunt while enjoying all the simple comforts that are necessary. I’ve found that I can reach all my favorite spots around the Lincoln National Park with ease in just a matter of minutes from the cabins. Book your next stay with Spruce and be sure to send us a picture of your next trophy!

You Fish for Fishing in New Mexico

October 9, 2014 in Blog

"silver springs" trout fishing "new mexico"I learned how to fish in New Mexico from my dad. We didn’t have anything fancy, nor did we go to a stocked pond. I grew up in the country and Mr. Nevill gave us free reign to go exploring and using his land as long as we didn’t spook the cows. Dad bought me a cheap rod and reel from a local sporting goods store, and we carried a small under-equipped tackle box, a shovel to look for worms, and a cooler filled with Dr. Pepper. In all the times that we ventured out there over five or six years, I think we actually caught about three fish. I didn’t really care about the catch though. As a wise man once said, you don’t fish for fish. You fish for fishing.

Catching a lot of fish or hauling in one great dinner satisfies the serious fisherman, but for all of the rest of us the activity is an excuse to relax, share a good time with friends or family, and enjoy the water.

cloudcroft fall "new mexico"Silver Springs Trout Pond has plenty of pond to go around, and it’s stocked with fresh trout. This means they offer great family time on the lake, which is my fond memory, but they have also greatly increased your chances of coming home with dinner.

Silver Springs cares about getting you out to the lake, no matter your skill level. They charge seveny-five cents to cast into the water, and your catches are only sixth-five cents an inch. To make the outing even more enticing, the employees will clean and bag your fish for you. Just take them your catches, and they’ll you home ready for the grill.

Anytime of year is perfect for fishing, but Fall in New Mexico might be our favorite. With the leaves changing color in Cloudcroft right now, it truly is the best time to enjoy our beautiful southern New Mexico home outside!

What to Expect When You Stay at Spruce Cabins for the First Time

September 16, 2014 in Blog

On your first trip to Cloudcroft, the first thing you are going to notice is the beautiful scenery that surrounds you as you climb up the mountain to the elevation of 8,600 feet. Making the sharp right and left curves on the 2 lane road allow you to focus on all of the aspects that this majestic land has to offer. Nestled next to Lincoln National Park, Cloudcroft’s endless amount of vegetation, wildlife, and rock formations creates the perfect countryside backdrop.

Once you’ve reached the village of Cloudcroft, you will be engulfed by the sight of a small community that has kept the feel of traditional American virtues. You will experience a spectacle that might incite a sense of nostalgia. Looking from outside, Cloudcroft is a village untouched by hustle and bustle of the big city life. However, if you look closely, you will notice that this village has most of the modern amenities and conveniences offered by most American towns. Cloudcroft offers a fair amount of restaurants to choose from, a bank with an ATM, a grocery store, and a multitude of little shops offering everything from wine and cheese tastings to custom jewelry.

"spruce cabins" cloudcroftAfter your trek though the historic commerce area of Cloudcroft, you will pass by the award winning schools where a large amount of the current residents spent their childhood days. A sharp right turn after the school will lead you up the inclined drive to the Spruce Cabins. The first cabin to your left is the main office. Inside you will find a friendly employee to assist you by handing you your cabin keys and answering all of your questions. All of the Spruce Cabins are walking distance from the main office, so you can easily walk or drive to your designated lodge.

Entering your cozy abode, you will notice that it has all the amenities you would expect from a lustrous resort. Each cabin comes equipped with ceiling fans, flat screen TV’s, wifi, full kitchens, bathrooms, and much more. Now that you’ve arrived at your home away from home, you can lay down on the bed and watch TV, sit at the kitchen table and play cards, or enjoy one of the numerous activities this community has to offer you.

We know you are going to love your stay in Cloudcroft and are going to do everything in our power to make sure your first visit is as memorable as your 100th!

New Mexico’s First Railroad Museum, The Toy Train Depot

August 2, 2014 in Blog

"train depot" alamogordo "new mexico"Just a few miles off the western border of Lincoln National Forest, sits Alamogordo and New Mexico’s first railroad museum, The Toy Train Depot. Remember the little trains you used to ride in a big arc around the zoo or theme park, sitting next to mom and dad with your head out of the top? This museum focuses on these rides, many of which have been retired from those attraction sites. Rick Haskell is the museum’s curator, a train engineer, and a rail historian. If you ask him, he will tell you the fascinating story of an ancient decree by Caesar involving the width of two horse’s rear ends that directly influenced the current width of railroads in America today. Seriously.

Wednesday through Sunday, the Depot runs three 16” narrow gauge railway rides. This is a great outing for the family and a fun ride for the kids. The museum is a non-profit educational foundation, and you can enjoy learning some of the history of these vehicles after the 10-scale mile ride. Built in a "new mexico" alamogordo "train depot"now retired actual train depot, which was erected in 1898, the museum has memorabilia from the real national rail system, model trains of all types and sizes, huge displays of old rails more than a hundred years old, original railway art, and a golden spike that was awarded to John Koval, the original collector whose prizes became this museum.

Whether you are a serious fan of trains, want to become more acquainted with this hobby, or just looking for a fun day out with the kids, The Toy Train Depot can provide a great afternoon.

The Gillespie Ranch in the Southern Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico

July 12, 2014 in Blog

"gillespie ranch" cloudcroft "new Mexico"Fourteen years ago, a cowboy and girl moved from Arizona to the southern Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico, and they started a ranch. Kent Gillespie has worked as a farmer or rancher for his entire life, and Susan, once a biochemical engineer, doesn’t know a life without horses. Their land is situated in the middle of the beautiful Lincoln National Forest, covered with mountains and dense with trees. Today the Gillespie Ranch has visitors year round for a variety of reasons, but it was not built as a tourist attraction. 15,000 acres are set aside for their cattle operation, which they both work everyday. Susan checks the cows and even feeds some by hand. Kent and his son mount horseback and work the cattle daily when he is not meeting with guests or accommodating their vacations.

Visitors have several options for how they will enjoy the Ranch. A four-person cabin allows small groups or families to simply bask in the scenic forest and find a respite after some gorgeous hiking. Twelve RV hookups let others do the same in their own accommodations. The Gilliespies also board horses for the short or long term, so riders can bring their own mount and trail ride the easygoing flat land or challenge themselves on the steep, rocky mountainside. Each September, all the guest spots are taken by hunting "gillespie ranch" cloudcroftparties, which Kent and Susan will guide through the forest. And once in a while, Kent will approach lucky and brave guests the night before the cattle rotation, and invite them to take a horse and accompany them in the cowboy work the next morning.

The Gillespies’ ranch is clearly not only a job for them. They cowboy together, and Kent wouldn’t have it any other way. He gladly admits that Susan is a much better roper than he. “She’s quite the horseman. I’m just a lucky redneck.”