Cloudcroft to Ruidoso Cruise

Cloudcroft, New Mexico 88317

Cloudcroft to Ruidoso Cruise

Cloudcroft to Ruidoso Cruise Professional Review and Guide

"Ride from bike shop to bike shop for more than 40 miles along a scenic back road that follows the crest of the Sacramento Mountains in south-central New Mexico. High Altitude has a bike shop in Cloudcroft and in Ruidoso, and the forested route stretches between the two resort villages, passing through Lincoln National Forest and the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

While these two mountain towns, located in the highest range in the southern half of the state, are well known to tourists as year-round playgrounds, the ride itself travels through a beautiful unpopulated area. Terrain: Rolling mountainous terrain with some climbs lasting several miles; ends with a great downhill into Ruidoso."

Cloudcroft to Ruidoso Cruise Reviews

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The first 30 miles of the Cloudcroft to Ruidoso were stellar. Epic decents–48mph coast! And beautiful scenery. The last 10 miles, however, (route 70) were horrible. Route 70 is an ugly two lane highway–very busy on the Sunday I rode. Althouth there is a very wide shoulder it was often strewn with gravel from side roads and the noise from passing trucks was almost unbearable. I would recommend an out and back for this ride. Depending on your time and stamina I would pick a point on the ride to turn back– maybe at the top of the mile 24 climb. This would give you a 50 mile ride. However, I must warn you, there would be some killer climbs when rode in reverse.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
8,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,000 feet
Top Elevation
DeLorme New Mexico Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Cloudcroft, Firman Canyon, Elk-Silver, Apache, Summit, and Ruidoso
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Sep 2018