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Awesome El Paso Area Day Trips #5 – Cloudcroft

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There are tons of places to visit in and around El Paso. Some are well known and some aren’t so, I’m doing a series on hidden and “not so hidden” gems.

Today, it’s Cloudcroft.

Located about 100 miles from El Paso, it’s a quick and easy drive to a place much cooler in the summer and beautiful all year.  Once there … depending on the season … you can hike, go mountain biking, ski, snowboard, camp, fish and much more. Here are two cool places to visit there:

  • The Gillespie Ranch. A working cattle ranch where you can stop to visit, or stay over. They offer camping and RV facilities, cabins and allow ATV riding.
  • The Lodge Resort. A legendary, (and way haunted), hotel once frequented by classic movie stars and containing a bar owned by Al Capone.

If you’re looking for a fun day trip or weekend getaway, take US-54 North to Alamogordo, then follow US-82 to Cloudcroft.

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