Trestle Recreation Area Trail System (Cloud Climbing/Trestle Trail)

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The Trestle Trail (1.3 miles) is a moderate trail along portions of the abandoned Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railroad grade. It offers fabulous views of the canyons, foothills, Tularosa Basin, including White Sands and the San Andres Mountains on the far side of the valley. It also passes through shady old-growth forest and offers a close look at the landmark Mexican Canyon trestle.
The Cross-Over Trail (0.3 miles) allows the user to create a loop hike by combining the Trestle Trail with a return to the Depot along the Old Auto Road. It begins at the lowest point on the Trestle Trail and descends to an intersection with the old highway to Cloudcroft.
The Old Auto Road Trail (1.0 miles) is a scenic, moderate trail along the old Alamogordo to Cloudcroft highway. This trail may also be used to access the Switchback Trail if one continues downhill beyond the Cross-Over trail intersection.

The trail surface is primarily dirt, except for a half-mile section that is paved from the Depot parking area to the overlook. This short section is suitable for wheelchairs and in-line skaters.

For more information, contact: NM Rails-to-Trails, P.O. Box 44, Cloudcroft, NM 88317, 575-682-3040, or

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Best as a hike; Trail surface was loose golf ball size rocks and rugged for bikes

   May, 2013 by jbwla

April 2013 we rode (mostly walked) our mountain bikes in the Trestle trail section by the Depot Replica just southwest of Cloudcroft NM. This trail has wonderful access to the Mexican canyon and "s" trestles. Having ridden close to 30 rail trails in the more

Trestle Recreation Area

   May, 2009 by noeljkelller

Nice area with Replica Railroad Depot, Water Fountain, Picnic & Port-A-Potties. ( N32.95742 W105.74996 ). An excellent, short asphalt loop trail, 0.25 mile, that leads to the “Devil’s Elbow Overlook” and view of “White Sands Missile Range”. Access to more

Cloud-Climbing Rail Trail

   February, 2006 by more