Sunspot Scenic Byway

HARD 5 reviews
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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

34.5 miles
3641 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

road biking

scenic driving


scenic driving
Thursday, November 03, 2016

Beautiful Scenic drive with beautiful views of the valley and White Sands/

scenic driving
Saturday, May 18, 2013

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

scenic driving
Saturday, July 09, 2011

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.


road biking
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saturday, November 02, 2013