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Beautiful relaxing drive

The drive up 244 (towards Cloudcroft) through the forest and Mesacalero Apache Reservation is very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
William K
Pipe Creek, Texas
Great for hiking!!

Great hiking with ample parking! Beautiful scenery. We went the first day of our vacation and plan... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2018
Wendy S
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This vast 1.1 million-acre forest region is comprised of separate recreational sections including Ruidoso Valley, Cloudcroft and Carlsbad, which are all located throughout the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.
Ruidoso, NM
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive up 244 (towards Cloudcroft) through the forest and Mesacalero Apache Reservation is very beautiful and relaxing. There are several nice camping and picnic spots in the last few miles before you get to Cloudcroft. Spring and Summer offer the best driving. Ice and...More

Thank William K
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Great hiking with ample parking! Beautiful scenery. We went the first day of our vacation and plan to go back each day for hiking

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Had a cousin picnic there. Was so quite and peaceful. Very clean. Really enjoyed the ride kinda scary it winds a lot

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful area, we like the Cloudcroft area to stay in. Great hiking trails, breath taking views. No Larger RV’s. So we had to park in Cloudcroft at a private RV Park.

Thank Mislulu
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Drive down from Cloudcroft on Hiway 82 (I think that's what it was). The scenery was breathtaking! A great road with lots of places to stop and take in the view. We loved it!

Thank makin-memories
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Lots of places to be active. Absolutely beautiful! Well-kept grounds, very good signage indicating where you can and can’t camp for the night. No campfires, though, due to current conditions - check this before you come!

Thank Pli876
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Lincoln National Forest is an excellent respite from the summer heat of Texas and southern New Mexico. It is situated about 140 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas and about 180 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the highlights in the area is...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Always a good time in the White Mountain Wildlife area. You can find yourself miles from anyone or be in the hub of the nearest town.

1  Thank MICHAEL M
Reviewed 7 June 2018

We love exploring the Lincoln National Forest, whether it's riding the motorcycle through on one of the forest roads or hiking on one of the trails. It's beautiful!

Thank kcourtney52
Reviewed 22 May 2018

This is a great place to go hiking in the Spring time. There are marked trails. Also, there is a fitness trail just beside the Smokey Bear Ranger Station for a quick run or walk.

Thank aandmrun
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Edgar G
2 December 2017|
Response from hbdanvers | Reviewed this property |
We were in Cloudcroft October 31, 2017. We had lunch at The Lodge. About 2:00 p.m. we went down to Ruidoso via the Mescalera reservation to U. s. Hwy 70. We were in Ruidoso about a week. We stayed in the private... More
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Response from CinthyaG8 | Reviewed this property |
It is in the Lincoln National Forest but, Ski Apache is a Mescalero-Apache owned resort. If Ruidoso has a good winter with snow, the mountain offers skiing. I'm sure they offer kiddy slopes.
Misti M
2 August 2017|
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Response from Diana A | Reviewed this property |
My friend took us to Grindstone Lake and it was very pretty. A nice hike around the lake. The hike did not seem far but we did walk a while and got a good work out. Take the children I am sure they would like it.