Living on Mountain Time
Mountain Time during winter months can be even more laid back. Mesmerizing fires in the wood stove or hearth can warm you right up and lull you into irresistible tranquility, or slumber. Outside incredible perfect snowflakes flitter and fall and pile up for snow play on beautiful snow days. Young and young at heart pack snow and create entertaining sculptures. They frolic in the soft stuff, leaving signs of angels where they play. Snowboarders jump, flip and somersault in the air, landing gracefully (and sometimes not) before riding up the mountain to do it all again. Downhillers traverse the hillsides while cross-country skiers and snowshoers trek further away from it all to experience amazing moments of solitude and communing with nature.
You can open any door in Cloudcroft to the great outdoors.
The night skies here are some of the darkest remaining on earth, affording us an opportunity of almost endless star gazing. Star watchers from all over the world travel here for our black skies.
Days begin with serenity and close with tranquility in our humble village. Many have discovered this during Cloudcroft's more-than 100-year history. The secret of Cloudcroft and the Sacramento Mountains first unfolded in 1898 when the crew laying out the "Cloud Climbing Railroad" route rested at the mountain's summit. An Englishman in the crew is said to have dubbed the spot Cloudcroft "a cloud in a field."
Since that time, hordes of desert dwellers and other neighbors from near and far have flocked to Cloudcroft for a respite from the summer heat and/or a chance to play in snow that many do not witness back home. Or they've come here just to get away from it all.
Cloudcroft IS nestled away from it all. It's a place where you can come and do absolutely nothing or you can do it all. Either way you'll find Cloudcroft enchanting, your stay invigorating and life on Mountain Time enticing.
Stay awhile and come back often.
For more information on Cloudcroft:
We recommend you check out our friends' cool places before (their web sites) and when you visit Cloudcroft:
The Old Apple Barn (575) 682-BARN (2276) www.oldapplebarn.com
The Old Apple Barn, built in 1941, in Mountain Park (between Cloudcroft & Alamogordo) has many vintage-style tin toys, old-style advertising signs, thick blankets, antiques and a variety of gifts and foods. Rustic cabin decor items are displayed prominently in the interior with its 12-foot-high ceilings.
Mountain Top Mercantile (575) 682-2777
Experience the old-fashioned country atmosphere of Mountain Top Mercantile. When you walk through the door you are greeted by a friendly smile, a warm hello and the sweet aroma of fresh-baked pies, breads and pastries. They also carry a large selection of general groceries, bakery items, deli favorites and mountain top-brand products. 575-682-2777
Nestled in the heart of Cloudcroft, Jamocha Bean is a place to relax and enjoy. You can indulge yourself with cool smoothies, hot coffees, great music and incredible food. Get something to go, or grab one of their many books or periodicals and stay awhile. Bring in your laptop and enjoy free wireless internet.
High Altitude Outfitters (Mountain bikes & much more) (575) 682-1229
Mountain bike sales and rentals, outdoor gear, winter wear, imported (with taste) clothing and gifts, trail maps and informative (if not entertaining) trail tips (like the best trails to ride).
High Altitude hosts several mountain bike races throughout the year, drawing riders from throughout New Mexico, the Southwest and many other states.
KEEP UP WITH WHAT'S GOING ON WITH TRACEY AT www.fortracey.org. This site has some great photos & good information.
Canyon Trail Cabin
Cloud Country West, 6 miles east of Cloudcroft. Two bedrooms, two full baths,
living room with a fireplace. Everything is furnished (linens, towel, dishes,
etc.). Satellite TV with VCR and DVD, free movies, whirlpool tub and laundry
room, full kitchen with microwave and assorted coffees, teas and popcorn. There
is also a grill and a picnic table for outdoor dining. Everything you need for a
quiet getaway. Off the Beaten Pathl
Canyon Trail Cabin (Cabin rental) 1-800-556-5067 www.canyontrailcabin.com
In Cloud Country West, 6 miles east of Cloudcroft. Two bedrooms, two full baths, living room with a fireplace. Everything is furnished (linens, towel, dishes, etc.). Satellite TV with VCR and DVD, free movies, whirlpool tub and laundry room, full kitchen with microwave and assorted coffees, teas and popcorn. There is also a grill and a picnic table for outdoor dining. Everything you need for a quiet getaway.
Off the Beaten Pathl