Sunspot Scenic Byway is a 34.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.
Beautiful Scenic drive with beautiful views of the valley and White Sands/
as you are driving along each sign you pass is a planet and they are spaced apart to scale from how far each planet really is from the next. Theres 4 parking spots at different segments of the rim trail and also a few really cool camping spots. And of course the observatory is a nice rreat at the end. There's a great view of the entire basin from there
This is a great winding road through the forest. Minimal overlooks but maximum hiking opportunities. Plus the sunspot solar observatory is interesting, not really designed for visitors but still worth it to take a look.