2500 sq. ft. handcrafted log home, 3 br & sleeping loft next to National Forest
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Our first visit to Cloudcroft was in 2004. We had recently moved to El Paso from Oregon and had heard that Cloudcroft, just a short drive away, had forests like we enjoyed in Oregon. We decided to take a camping trip with our one-year old boy and our dog. After a great campfire cookout, we called it a night. At about 2:00 am, we heard our dog barking and opened the tent to quiet her. Instead we found ourselves next to a large black bear. We managed to scare the bear away, but decided against another night sleeping with just tent fabric between a bear and myself. We went into town the next day to look for a rental cabin. While we were waiting for the cabin, we drove around Cloudcroft and completely fell in love with the village and the forest. We saw some property for sale that backed into the National Forest and bought it the same day. A year later we began construction on a log home and named it Bear Ridge Log Home. We had the bear paw carvings included in the design in memory of our bear.
Kristine purchased this Cabin in 2005
Why Kristine chose Cloudcroft
A handcrafted log home is a home built with full round logs using many handheld tools such as axes, chisels and scribers. It captures the authenticity of log homes built many years ago. Log homes usually fall into two categories, milled (or manufactured) and Handcrafted. With a milled homes mechanized high-speed woodworking machinery are used to precut uniform logs. The logs are usually no more than 8 in. in diameter and 12 ft. long. With a handcrafted log home logs will vary in size and shape and are limited only by the trees. Bear Ridge log home is a Handcrafted log home built by three expert carvers at Pioneer Log Homes. It uses an average of 16 in diameter logs some over 35 ft long, and integrates many of the unique characteristics of the logs in the home. The artistic logs, benches, front arch, and bear paws were part of the creative woodworking skill of the carvers. There is no other home designed like it.
What makes this Cabin unique
We love sharing our cabin and creating great memories. Here are a few comments from guests: "“The cabin is a work of art & the accommodations show great thoughtfulness to detail. Every comfort is supplied. Thanks for sharing paradise with us.” Odessa, TX “What an amazing “cabin”. We had seen the photos on the website, but walking in took our breath away. Thank you for this wonderful place” Alburgueque, NM “Your backyard kept us plenty entertained. A deer welcomed our first morning and a family of raccoons visited us in the evening. Hiking through Licoln National Forest was a breathtaking experience." El Paso, TX “We enjoyed our stay at the Bear Ridge Lodge! Our time was spent playing cards, eating, shopping, listening to music, laughing, and just enjoying each other's company by the fireplace. We would like to Thank You for sharing this amazing cabin with us. We had the best time ever.” Malaua, NM Loving, NM "This has been one of the most wonderful trips of my life. We watched birds and saw the biggest jays we have ever seen. You have a real treasure in this cabin and its location. The views are breathtaking and the sky was so blue. We created a lot of memories that we will take back to New Braunfels. Thanks for sharing your little piece of heaven with us.” New Brainfels, TX “We had a great time here! The house is beautiful! We loved sitting in front of the fire and watching the snow fall in the woods.” Athens, TX “What an absolutely beautiful home. We feel blessed you shared it with us. The kids all went into the woods and were amazed by the sheer size of it all. When we travel, we always rent cabins or stay in B&B’s and I must say this is by far the nicest home we have ever had the pleasure of staying at” Staton, TX
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - books, toys, gamesbooks, toys, games
Max guests: 15
Minimum age of primary renter: 24
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
The cabin is beautiful and huge!we had a blast.
The house is absolutely gorgeous. The deer came right up to the back deck. We had such a wonderful stay.
The cabin was everything we wanted and more! Perfect place to get away and relax. We will definitely be coming back & staying here in the future!
This is our second stay here. We ready enjoyed the beautiful cabin and its location.
Things to that need repaired: oven doesn’t reach accurate temperature, light out in the laundry room, microwave door micro switch needs repair ( won’t work unless you shut firmly), batteries in one remote downstairs need replacing, street address needs to be posted outside and on refrigerator. We had a sheriff escort to Alamogordo last time when our granddaughter had breathing issues and we couldn’t find the address anywhere. We had to look it up on the Verbo site. It could be a bigger issue if time was of the essence.
We had a wonderful Christmas while staying in your house this year. The snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas day was a joy to see. We loved walking out the back door and hiking through the forest. The Mule Deer would actually come right up to the deck and bed down during the sunny part of the day. Thank you for sharing your wonderful escape with us. We look forward to coming back again!
Regardless of season, Cloudcroft has plenty for everyone. Enjoy hiking, biking, snow shoeing, sledding, bird watching, rock climbing, horse-back riding, fishing, ice skating, shopping, dining, golf, tennis, basketball, disc golf, hang gliding, picnicking, star gazing, or best of all, just relaxing away from the stress of everyday
Enjoy the variety of wildlife including deer, wild turkeys, elk, cougar, eagles, squirrels, coyotes, bear, hawks, porcupines, or foxes.
Take a day trip to White Sands National Monument, Ruidoso, Ski Apache, Valley of Fires, Billy the Kid Country (Lincoln), Alamogordoç—´ Space History Museum, National Solar Observatory, or Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Cloudcroft has a variety of events for visitors including Arts and Crafts Fairs, Art classes, Holiday events, Murder Mystery parties, Blue Grass festivals, Rodeos, Golf Tournaments, and Hang Gliding Fly-ins.
Cloudcroft New Mexico is located on U.S. Hwy. 82 and is easily accessible from both east and west. The western approach from Alamogordo (north of El Paso, Texas, on U.S Hwy 54) is a steep 16 mile climb of nearly 5,000 vertical feet that takes travelers through a variety of climate zones. The charming mountain village of Cloudcroft owes its existence to the beauty that surrounds it. In 1898, an El Paso-Northeastern Railroad crew was laying out the route for the famous Cloud Climbing Railroad and stopped to rest on the summit of the Sacramento Mountains.
Standing under the tall, cool pines, the crew looked west to the vibrant slash of Whites Sands almost 5,000 feet below and picked their resting place as the site of the railroadç—´ lodge. Impressed by the white clouds slipping by at almost ground level, it was a young Englishman in the party who chose the name of Cloudcroft, meaning a cloud in a field.
Beautiful scenery and spectacular unspoiled vistas are encountered at every turn of the highway. In particular, the view from the overlook near New Mexicoç—´ only tunnel and the graceful old wooden Mexican Canyon trestle that nestles in a canyon just outside of the village should not be missed. This much photographed remnant of the old logging and excursion railroad has come to be a kind of unofficial symbol of Cloudcroft.
High mountain meadows and cool air are a welcome relief from the surrounding desert on either approach. Warm summer days are sprinkled with mountain showers that come and go quickly but which leave behind a variety of wildflowers that blanket the meadow and line the roads. Summer temperatures reach the upper 70ç—´ but the nighttime lows remain in the cool 40ç—´ and 50ç—´.
Cloudcroft is a quiet, relaxing and scenic village with year round activities. The Chamber hosts a full calendar of events that attract thousands and thousands of visitors annually. With four lovely seasons and an old country way of life Cloudcroft has something for everyone and we will make you feel right at home.