Sunspot Scenic Byway

Cloudcroft, New Mexico

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A 14.8-mile route high atop the forested Sacramento Mountains. This paved, two-lane highway with scenic turnouts winds through a cool evergreen forest along the front rim of the Sacramento Mountains. Elevations range from 8,300 feet to 9,500 feet. Special attractions: Cool mountain elevations; beautiful views of White Sands, the Tularosa Basin, and sometimes Mexico; guided and self-guided tours of a solar observatory; hiking, picnicking, and winter recreation. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Sunspot Scenic Byway Professional Review and Guide

"A 14.8-mile route high atop the forested Sacramento Mountains. This paved, two-lane highway with scenic turnouts winds through a cool evergreen forest along the front rim of the Sacramento Mountains. Elevations range from 8,300 feet to 9,500 feet.

Special attractions: Cool mountain elevations; beautiful views of White Sands, the Tularosa Basin, and sometimes Mexico; guided and self-guided tours of a solar observatory; hiking, picnicking, and winter recreation. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Cloudcroft
Distance: 14.8
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Lincoln National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Sunspot Scenic Byway

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May 2018