You’ve Never Experienced Anything Like This Epic Abandoned Railroad Hike In New Mexico

Throughout the country, organizations are working to repurpose old railroads into hiking trails. The result is often a unique walking experience that pairs natural beauty with engineering ingenuity. This movement is big in New Mexico and you’ll find rail trails in the Albuquerque area, in Santa Fe, and near our state border with Texas. However, perhaps the most impressive rail-to-trail conversion is the one in Cloudcroft.

After your hike, spend some time in Cloudcroft. This teeny town contains a haunted restaurant, succulent BBQ, and old-time diners. It’s a great base for recreational opportunities and a visit to White Sands National Monument. If you want to extend your stay, there are plenty of budget-friendly cabin rentals and campsites in the area.