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Cloudcroft Area, NM
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Cloudcroft Area, NM 
Cloudcroft Area, NM
 
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Following the beautiful drive from Ruidoso to Cloudcroft on NM 244 across the Mescalero Apache Reservation, we stopped at the ranger station to get information on camping in the area. We found a couple of nice side by side spots in the Sleepy Grass Campground near Cloudcroft (otherwise it would have been dispersed camping with plenty of locations in the area to choose from). After setting up, it was over to the Trestle Picnic Area for the almost obligatory short hike down to Mexican Trestle (always fun). :) Then we checked out two fire lookouts (James Ridge & Wofford) before heading into Cloudcroft to look around. Had a decent meal at the Western Bar, restocked our ice, and headed back to camp for the night. Unlike the previous days, the weather was quiet with no rain, so it made for a nice evening. I had planned on camping with them on their last night at Oak Grove Campground near Ruidoso Tuesday, but got caught in a wild thunderstorm with heavy rain and hail in Ruidoso (covered the ground white :o ), so got a motel room instead. It was nice to get at least one night of camping in on this trip. :D

In the morning Cindy & Bobby headed out to check out a couple more fire lookouts, while I drove over to Alamo Peak to the non-existent fire lookout (only a WSMR radar unit). Then it was down FR 64D through Karr Canyon to High Rolls to US 82, and on to Alamogordo. We had rooms reserved at the White Sands Motel for our night in town for the fireworks show.
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