Explore the most popular views 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.

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.

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.

Very long and demanding, but the waterfall is very rewarding.

We had an amazing time hiking this trail and were pleasantly surprised that there was indeed a waterfall at the end. Started at the Salado Canyon Trailhead for a shorter 2.5 mile round trip out and back hike. Go right and follow signs to Bridal Veil Falls. The trail is lightly trafficked we only ran into a few other groups and I would rate as easy not moderate. Most of the trail is spent hiking up above the creek bed which lies below in the valley. There isn’t too much elevation change. Brought the dogs with us they loved being able to play in the water under the falls. One of the best hikes we’ve had in the Alamogordo area.

beautiful and short trail to experience, I would definitely return in the fall months

hiking
21 days 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.

backpacking
28 days ago

It’s necessary to pack all of your water, which makes the initial ascent quite challenging. Nice trail once you’re on top of the mountain. In spring or fall, I’d recommend planning for a variety of temperatures due to the elevation differences. Climbing the mountain was boiling hot, however when camping at Tejas that night, our gallon water bottles froze solid.

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.

Went on a sunday, easy hike, pretty views. Saw a lot of families.

Take sun screen if going in the summer and water.

Great views and kid friendly!

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked only the falls portion (2.5mi roundtrip) around 7pm on May 19th. Nice scenery and the falls area is pretty with alot of trees. Our hike was mostly shaded also since the sun was behind the hills and mountains. You are looking for the Salado Canyon trailhead if you want a short hike to the falls. It is this trailhead that the map above shows.

If you hike the full Grandview trail or the longer route to the falls, you definitely want sunblock and water. We tried hiking from the Bridal Veil Falls trailhead sign last year and didn't make it. Our dogs were not conditioned for trail hiking on the gravel and it was high 80's that day.

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpacking this trail is made much more difficult by the water requirements. This is a fairly steep trail, whichever side you start it from and there's also very little shade, regardless of which side you start from.

The best way to do this trail is to start early in the morning (during the warm season at least), so as to avoid the sun when doing your ascent up the mountains into the forest. If you start early enough, you can be through the incline before the sun comes up over the mountains.

I'd also recommend staying at Tejas. The sites there are not exposed to the strong winds that regularly hit GMNP.

My wife and I did the trail in three days, starting from Pine Springs. We went to Tejas the first day, then walked to Dog Canyon and back on the second day to get more water, finally we descended back to Pine Springs on the third day. This was a fairly difficult itinerary and I wouldn't recommend it to others, unless one really wanted a challenge.

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.

I expected it to be more difficult.

Easy trail, marked well enough. Gorgeous views. This trail would be moderate if you were out of shape as it starts at 5600ft and goes up from there.

So beautiful way worth it and it was a very easy hike with gorgeous view!

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!

Tough challenge on my MTB....but good fun

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

hiking
3 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.

The falls weren't so great, but this is a wonderful & relaxing hike. Great views! Nice to see all the old train history throughout hike. Enjoyed!

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.

Great area to hike! Views are great and plenty of wildlife to see.

Loved this trail! I don't think that I would rate it as moderate. We found it to be pretty easy. The 7.2 miles is if you combine all three trails together. We did two of them and it came out to be about 6 miles.

hiking
5 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.

Awesome trail, me and my dog hiked it today, some awesome views. Trail wasn't busy at all. Definitely will go back to this trail again.

Beautiful trail with small streams and water fall.

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