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Old 07-07-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Lincoln National Forest Campgrounds-Cloudcroft

Looking to escape the Dallas summer heat for a week, even if it means a forced march drive across West Texas to get to the mountains.

Have looked at Ruidosa and Cloudcroft commercial parks, mixed reviews it seems.

Has anyone stayed a the National Forest Campgrounds outside Cloudcroft

Road access?

We haven't done much boondocking, but for cooler weather might be willing to fill up the propane tanks, turn off the AC and give it a try

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Haven't been there, but recently stayed at Baca cg near Lincoln.
Beautiful place.
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While I can't give you much information, I have stayed in the NFS campgrounds north of Cloudcroft in the past. They were pretty standard NFS campgrounds with pit toilets in each campground. However at a central location there was a shower building. Campsites were among pine trees with some trails for hiking. A good bakery in Cloudcroft and a lodge built by a rail company years ago that has a nice restaurant.more important the weather is cool. Sites are available off a paved road through the campgrounds.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:55 PM   #4
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Re: Campgrounds near Ruidoso & Cloudcroft, NM

Looked up a couple of campgrounds near Ruidoso and Cloudcroft. Now, I'm thinking about heading out to cool country, too!
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By the way, a couple of weeks ago, the Albuquerque television news showed what looked like storms on the weather RADAR for southern and southeastern New Mexico. However, the newscasters said that the radar wasn't picking up storm clouds. What appeared to be weather disturbances were actually mosquito swarms that were so thick they were showing up on Doppler radar.

In early-June, the vector control crews couldn't spray insecticide, because it was breezy; and local ordinances prohibited them from fogging when the wind was blowing.

Mosquitoes invade southeastern NM town | KRQE News 13

So, you might want to check those areas to see if they finally got the mosquitos under control. Otherwise, you may wish to alter your travel plans.

Oh, and grasshoppers, too...

New Mexico Weather Forecast: Grasshopper Storm - TIME
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Those news articles were about Albuquerque and Clovis, which are about 150 miles north of Ruidoso and Cloudcroft. So you still might want to check with campgrounds or local stores/restaurants, etc., in those towns to see if they are affected.

I just thought it would pay to follow up on the insect invasions; because if they are having a bug problem in Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, it could impact your vacation.

I really hope the bugs didn't affect those towns, as the Ruidoso and Cloudcroft areas are beautiful and cool.
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We stayed at the "Aong the River RV Park" last July. No problem with bugs and the nights were very cool. Seemed like most of the visitors were from Texas.
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We stayed at the "Aong the River RV Park" last July. No problem with bugs and the nights were very cool. Seemed like most of the visitors were from Texas.

How was the spacing on the campsites there?
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How was the spacing on the campsites there?
I'd call it typical but not bad. If your lucky and it's not full you can find a good spot.
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That's a nice area, but beware of decending to Alamogordo from Cloudcroft; it's one steep drop!
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That's a nice area, but beware of decending to Alamogordo from Cloudcroft; it's one steep drop!
We drove that one night in a dense fog 40 years ago in our 1970 VW Beetle... all we could see was the guardrails on the right side of the road and we knew that there was nothing on the otherside of those guardrails... quietest ride in the history of our marriage
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