Explore the most popular birding trails near Cloudcroft with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

There are 5 parking spaces outside the fee camping area, but if those are taken just speak with the campground host and say you just want to hike. This is a beautiful loop trail, not too strenuous, although there's a bit of an uphill climb in places that might get your heart pumping if you aren't acclimated to the elevation. You aren't too far off the road for much of the hike, but there's still a feeling of quietude and seclusion among the towering trees. You'll come to an operational gravel pit at one point, where you'll simply cross the road and reconnect to the trail. We found quite a few elk bones in that location. We did many trails in the Cloudcroft area, and this was one the most enjoyable for me.

hiking
1 month ago

The entire trail is an ATV trail. We actually stayed away from it and walked along the dry creek on animal tracks. This opened up to alternating views of alpine and aspen tree cover and open meadows. There were so many wildflowers in the meadow. We didn't see a soul except for a bunch of cows. Our dogs had a blast running off leash. We did have to leash them when we came upon the cows. Overall, its a great hike when you want to get away from the heat. I highly recommend staying away from the ATV trail and taking the dry creek. There is plenty of dispersed camping at the trail head.

Long uphill Jeep road with a lot of loose rocks. If you like single track, or fun, don’t bother.

Great trail. Beautiful canopy on most of trail with some beautiful meadows. Saw elk tracks, wild flowers and wild strawberries. Will be a go to trail for us for future outings.

Beautiful trail. Starts with a uphill hike but worth it. We didn’t see anyone and it was peaceful.

2 months ago

Easy and pretty trail. It is well marked. The only section I would call "moderate" would be the last 1/4 mile or less with the steady incline.

Rocky on village side and climbing for last part on rocks. Beginning is easy and nice. Go to Mexican railroad trestle before then follow this. Makes a nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Parking was confusing since we were not camping in the campground and parked in the overflow area after asking one of the camp hosts.. Saw lots of elk. Trail was easy to follow and marked very well as it is for cross-country skiing during the winter. Mostly shaded except for the meadows. Will definitely do this trail again if we have the opportunity.

hiking
3 months ago

The entrance to this trail is inside a pay camping area so unless you luck out and get one of the four free parking places or are camping there it’s not very accessible.

The entrance to this trail is inside a pay camping area so unless you luck out and get one of the four free parking places or are camping there it’s not very accessible.

My granddaughter Natalia (10) and I hiked the whole loop under the shade of tall pine trees with a beautiful landscape in all directions. This is definitely one of the best trails near Cloudcroft and it was very easy to follow the path with the blue signs.

Great views and kid friendly!

4 months ago

Nice little trail, not too bad. Was looking for more of a outdoor experience away from civilization. But either way it was alright

It was a nice day out in the middle of no where. i think if it was later in the season there would be more green which would make it even a better hike.

Trail was great and lots of wildlife, trail maps on app are confusing as they do not match trail maps. Example: app says 2.8 miles but the are 8+ miles of trails in this trail system. We were happy with the eight miles!

amazing trail! the weather was perfect and I love how you can see White sands from there!!

hiking
6 months ago

Did this trail on 04/07/2018. The weather was perfect. Only a little chilly at night. There is a small stream at the beginning of the trail but the rest of the trail was dry. Beautiful and well kept trail! Several flat spots for camping along the way. Going back this summer for sure!

It’s a wide trail looks as if atv’s use it often. We always take a small and medium sized dogs so it was a nice trail to take them on. We didn’t see a soul out there the entire trail. It’s all up hill going in and downhill all the way out. Very nice scenery.

1 month living in the desert, this was a welcome treat. trees, sunshine,a little snow. We trekked with our dog and 4yr old. lots of other trails, we will be back soon.

hiking
8 months ago

Only went in 3.7 miles. The steepest portion of the trail is the first 1.5 miles. It’s rather rocky as compared to the PNW. There were patches of snow but easily done in trail runners. Some slick mud in spots. Saw a beautiful bull elk at about 2.5 to 3 miles in. The trail stays in the trees the whole time and I’m guessing this would be a great hike in the warmer months.

8 months ago

Great trail, particularly in the snow covered tracks!

Me and my girlfriends had a great hike, with a great view!

trail running
11 months ago

Awesome trail for running. Saw a moose, wild turkeys, and several deer. As long as you give them space, there's nothing to worry about. A bit muddy in spots, but that's part of the fun of trail running. Also saw bear tracks, but no bears. Definitely a favorite.

With a toddler, it's one of the best hikes we have been on since moving here. He loves looking at the animal information signs and finding hiking sticks. The railroad is one of his favorite things to look at. and by the time we finish he is so tired we can hardly keep his eyes open. on the way back home. We love this one!

hiking
Monday, October 09, 2017

Beautiful, moderate trail. Will definitely be going back! Ps-we saw a lot of cows. As long as you ignore them, you’re fine!

It’s a lovely trail with a great view easy for kiddos and dogs. However if you go after a rain be weary the rocks make it a tad slick

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Took my 5 and 3 year old. Took it slow. 5 year old did good, but 3 year old couldn't hang.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

the trails are well marked and easy to follow. I went on a sunday morning and the trail wasn't too congested with pedestrian traffic.

it was a good hike down to the trestle. the way back was slightly more difficult but there are some benches for you to stop and take a break.

I wish there were more scenic views but that is my only complaint.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Wide trails, very scenic and beautiful views, lots of history happened on the Mexican trestle it was nice to see in person

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