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“Cloud Climbing in Cloudcroft ”

New Mexico Rails-to-Trails
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Cloudcroft
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I did the Cloud Climbing Trestle Trail which takes you to the rebuilt trestle over Mexican Canyon. This was part of the rail line that transported lumber from Cloudcroft over 9000 ft to Alamogordo some nearby 5000 feet below.

Stared at the renovated Train Depot and hiked down and back. Several switchbacks but the trail is well marked.

You can see the remains of an old S Trestle on the way down as well.

Thank 44dave56
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

My husband and I took the New Mexico Rails-to-Trails from Trestle recreation area (rebuilt depot building) to the old Trestle. We took the fastest route about 2 miles round trip (in and out) using Trail T5001B to T5001. There are a few trails in this area and they are marked well. We picked up a trail map at the depot just to check the trail signs with the map. We loved the trail. There is also a park/pull-out along US 82 with a view of the old Trestle. The pull-out has a short boardwalk and a very nice viewing platform. We got closer to the old Trestle by taking the trail and the trail was half the fun. Other old trestles have fallen in the woods along the trail. There are several benches along the way. Be sure to take water to drink. Pretty cool and recommended for the whole family.

2  Thank M J
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

We were staying in Alamogordo and decided to explore Cloudcroft area. Trails are well marked at the trailheads and along the routes. We hiked in snow and ice when in shade so glad we brought walking sticks and wore good boots. Saw a half dozen deer, birds. Lovely woods. Celebrated the morning hikes with coffee and blueberry pie in town.

Thank AlaskaMarion
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

To see the effort and work that went into bringing a railroad up to 9000 feet, spanning several canyons and nearly impossible grades was awe inspiring.
I wish the train still ran, I would have loved to arrive by steam train!

1  Thank tridcod
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We were lucky enough to go through the historic route, which isn't always open. Bonnie, the woman who owns the land was on her front porch, and we enjoyed talking with her. It was a beautiful hike, easy enough for our three-year-old and five-year-old. There are also clean bathrooms and nice picnic areas on site.

2  Thank Martin B
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