Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 674 at the 2010 census. Despite being located in an otherwise arid region, its extremely high elevation (8,600 feet (2,600 m); one of the highest in the U.S.) allows for a relatively mild summer that makes it a popular tourist attraction in West Texas and New Mexico. It was named by Fodor's in 2002 as the Number 3 "Most Overlooked and Underrated Destination Spot." Tourism remains the primary economic driver of the village.
Things to do in Cloudcroft
4.5 based on 208 reviews
Being from Texas, our standards are high. This place nailed it! From the brisket, pulled pork and loaded potatoes, this restaurant did it right!Thanks! All of us here at Mad Jack’s are glad you enjoyed!
4.5 based on 100 reviews
Cloudcroft is worth the drive and nothing tops it off like a good berry pie! They were sold out of strawberry rhubarb - my bride's favorite - but their all-berry pie was a real winner! After walking the town and checking out the shops we stopped by and were not disappointed by their pastry.
Their T-shirts were quirky and if they had had my size this late in the season, I would have purchased a couple.
Stop by and have the pie for sure!
4.5 based on 509 reviews
Full Service Restaurant located 9000 feet above stress level in beautiful Cloudcroft, NM 88317. Clean and friendly, large menu, lots of specialties. Can accommodate large groups.
We arrived at 7:00 pm on a Tuesday night and there were just a couple occupied tables. There was a special of stir fry beef or chicken - the chicken was okay - would have been better with less black pepper. The chicken fried steak was hot and yummy with a crispy breading - served with gravy and two sides. The side salad was generous and mashed potatoes were tasty. Folks were very nice and attentive. The menu had a huge variety, including a lot of Mexican options. They did not appear to serve any alcohol.
4.5 based on 8 reviews
We love the pastries from this shop. They are baked fresh morning. Their goal is to sell out so everything starts out fresh the next morning. The lady who bakes arrives at 3:00 in the morning to make these amazing treats. The cinnamon rolls are HUGE.
4 based on 367 reviews
Staff is friendly. Restaurant is nice with large windows. Comfortable seating. Food is from the 50s..table side preparation? Really? Ordered the pistachio crusted trout...I think it was trout or salmon, my memory. Anyway tasted more pistachio than fish.
4.5 based on 224 reviews
Great comfort food! Love the Charlie salad. Have a bar so now serve beer and wine. Good atmosphere and friendly service. Specials on Wine down Wednesday ???
4 based on 239 reviews
I pulled off the beaten path on my road trip through New Mexico on the recommendation of my Moon Travel Guide of New Mexico which stated "satisfies every social need..."
That was NOT my experience. Usually when I check out the Trip Advisor "terrible" comments, I see individual situations that tend to be one-offs. In this case, I concur that the service was very bad.
The café had a very large group and as a solo traveler, I wanted a table away from them. I specifically asked the bartender if I could eat in the bar side and he pointed me to a bar booth/table. He then proceeded to ignore me. No water or offer of a cocktail, no menu, no mention that he'd have the server stop over. He walked by my table multiple times. The server also walked by several times and even had time to show some customers pictures of her new puppy on her phone.
After about 15 minutes, I left. Lucky for me as I found the Texas Pit BBQ just a mile down the road right on my way to my destination - I highly recommend that for a quick stop and good food!!
4.5 based on 37 reviews
The building where this wonderful, small Mexican restaurant is has seen MANY restaurant owners through the last five/six years. After eating here today, I pray that these are the permanent owners. In this tiny village of Cloudcroft, there are few restaurants that make it. There are enough of us here who love Mexican food. This family owned business KNOWS authentic mexican food. Nothing comes out of a can. Everything is fresh, all the salsas are made on the premises and the plates are presented beautifully - very flavorful and colorful. My husband had the chicken enchiladas with green sauce and I told the waiter that I would have what I had just seen going to another lucky customer(so I don't know the name of the dish). What I do know is that the dish was DELICIOUS and fresh. Since there are only about mas or manas(more or less) 8 tables inside and 4 tables on the porch, If everyone shows up at the same time, some will wait longer than others since everything is made from scratch. But it's so beautiful in Cloudcroft, enjoy watching the people walk up and down the boardwalk, smell the fresh, crisp air and consider yourself lucky to be out of the heat since you're 9,000 feet high.
5 based on 16 reviews
Does not need to be winter to visit went there in summer and it is just a beautiful place. Such lovely views.It is very nice and the locals are so friendly. Cloudcroft is a beautiful little town.
4 based on 25 reviews
Nice atmosphere, great service, and the most gut wrenching "food" (term used loosely) I have ever eaten (or left uneaten).
Chicken and Dumplins were completely un-dumplimized by this place. Carrots, potatoes, and soggy flour tortilla triangles complete with the cook's hair.
Then there were the rubbery and under cooked sweet potato fries.
They knew about the hair and under cooked food. The waitress apologies were extended but the owner couldn't mutter anything but the total.
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