The quaint mountain village of Cloudcroft features over 80,000 acres of forest area with excellent destinations for hiking, camping, and biking. While spending time in the area, plan to take Fido strolling through town and visit the unique shops and restaurants. If you are walking along Burro Street, be sure to stop by the Burro Street Bakery. You can pick up some delicious baked goods and sit on the porch with your pup and chat with friends.
Another great pooch-friendly destination is Rebecca’s at the Lodge. This is a pup-friendly restaurant that gets its name from it's resident ghost. You can order breakfast, lunch or dinner and dine at the outdoor tables with your furry family member. If you are looking for the best brick oven pizza in town, head over to Ski Cloudcroft. The restaurant is popular with locals and is often busy, but your pooch can join you at the outdoor tables and enjoy a slice.
When your pup needs medical care, Cloudcroft Animal Hospital on James Canyon Highway will take care of your pampered pooch. As the only clinic in town, the friendly staff will do their best to work in emergency appointments, and you can schedule routine care in advance.
Cloudcroft is a beautiful town that enjoys mild summers and is one of the more popular pup-friendly vacations stops in New Mexico.
Cloudcroft residents love to spend quality time with their family and pups at Zenith Park on James Canyon Highway. There are shaded walking paths where you can walk laps, and picnic tables where you can rest and enjoy a snack. The kids will enjoy running around on the playground, and pups can socialize with their friends while sniffing trees and grass. There are trash cans throughout the park, so bring your own doggie bags and clean up. If you need a pooch-friendly place to stay, Dusty Boots Motel is family owned and friendly. You and Fido can relax and enjoy clean spacious rooms, and the park is a just a one-minute walk away.
The Trestle Recreation Area is located at the west end of Cloudcroft and offers popular trails and convenient picnic sites. Parking is readily available, and there are clean restrooms nearby. Take your pup and explore the former railroad lines, or pack a lunch and find a shaded picnic table. There are paths for all ability levels, so even if you have small children, they can enjoy the trail too. With several benches along the way, you and Fido can also rest and get a drink of water on a warm day. If you are feeling energetic, follow the longer loop all the way to Alamogordo.
Another interesting place to take Fido for a walk is the Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle. This trail follows along the railroad lines and offers amazing scenery in addition to a rustic old rail bridge. You can walk to the top of the lookout and see White Sands while getting some exercise with your pooch. There is historical information about the railway located at the beginning of the trail, and the paths are well maintained and not difficult for the average hiker. The entire area is beautiful and your pooch will enjoy sniffing the trees and plants. Just remember to bring your own doggie waste bags and water bottles.
Whether you are visiting Cloudcroft, or you and your pooch are just looking for a fun weekend activity, check out Deerhead Campground on Cox Canyon Highway. There are a variety of sites available offering fire rings, tables, and pedestal grills. If you have an RV, you can camp in the large pull thru sides and enjoy the open spaces or secluded area. You will need to keep your pooch on a leash when walking through the campground, and you can hike up to the Lincoln National Forest from there. The forest area features breathtaking views and a variety of trails where you and Fido can admire wildlife and plants.
The Grand View Trail on Canyon Rd in La Luz is 15 minutes west of Cloudcroft, and is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. You can get on the path and walk with your pup about 1.5 miles each way and admire views of the Sacramento Mountains. There are signs along the way explaining historical references and geologic formations, and you will even find a picnic shelter if you need a break. On the way home, stop off at Ember’s Barkery. The local owner has turned her love of baking, and pups, into a business and features yummy homemade treats for Fido.