Cloudcroft : New mexico

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What it's Like to Retire in Cloudcroft

The quiet community of Cloudcroft, true to its name, is among the mountains at an elevation of 8,600 feet and overlooks the mammoth Lincoln National Forest.  This unusally high altitude gives it a surprisingly mild summer temperature. It's rustic, a little sleepy, and home to the infamous and fabulous Lodge Resort and Spa. Cloudcroft is a popular tourist destination from west Texans.  It is located in south central New Mexico. Photo of downtown Cloudcroft courtesy of Wikipedia and Pismo.


Where to Retire in Cloudcroft and Home Prices

There are plenty of charming cabins tucked into the forests of the mountains. 

The median home price was a little over $140,000 in late 2014, according to


What is special about Cloudcroft

The striking beauty of the scenery , its unusally high altitude, and relative remoteness makes this community an attractive mountain getaway. Forbes once named Cloudcroft one of the "Most Overlooked and Underrated Destination Spots".


What is not special about Cloudcroft

Cloudcroft has some problems with water scarcity; most residents store back up tanks in case.


Who will like retirement in Cloudcroft

Those who desire a small and compact community, as well as fresh mountain air, retire here.


Local economy is driven by

Tourism is important.


Climate and Physical Environment

The climate is a large draw of the community: the air is dry, with summers that can be over 80, and winter temperatures in the 20s. 


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cloudcroft is home to three festivals which take place at Zenith Park. Arts and crafts are sold from local and regional artists, live music and entertainment is provided, activities and competitions are held, and local civic groups and churches sell traditional fair food.  The Memorial Day May Fair, the July Jamboree (on the 4th), and Octoberfest are the festivals and cultural events occuring every year here.



Crime in Cloudcroft is very low.


Medical facilities

The Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center is in nearby Alamogordo.



Cloudcroft is accessible via Highway 82.


Valuable Links

Cloudcroft on Wikipedia


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Facts about CLOUDCROFT
  • State: NM
  • Environment: Mountain,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide:

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