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Handcrafted Log Home with hot tub backing into National Forest

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

2500 sq. ft. handcrafted log home, 3 br & sleeping loft next to National Forest

Enjoy a relaxing retreat in our newly built handcrafted log cabin. Step out the back door into the National Forest to enjoy miles of hiking, biking, or snowshoeing; or go for a short walk (½ mile) out the front door to Burro Street for a little shopping or a bite to eat. The perfect place for a romantic weekend, a get-away with friends, or a fun-filled family vacation. Enjoy the view of the woods from our brand new hot tub.

Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

About Kristine

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


Cloudcroft Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Firewood is strictly for indoor fireplace, no outside fires are permitted
  • In the event of a violation of this agreement, your security deposit will be used to cover costs.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , claw foot tub with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two Bathrooms Antique claw-foot tub Handcrafted Stump sink Both Bathrooms with showers
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , 2nd floor loft
  • Three bedrooms with queen beds Large loft with double futon and twin over full size bunk bed Bedrooms and loft sleep 11 in beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • festivals
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling


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Handcrafted Log Home with hot tub backing into National Forest
average rating of 4.4117646 based on 17 reviews
El Paso, Texas

Beautiful Cabin in Beautiful Cloudcroft!

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing cabin and you should definitely stay here if you get the chance. The management was quick to handle any issue we had with the property (help with the hot tub and help with a couple chirping fire alarms). Would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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las cruces new mexcio

Second time there

  • 3 of 5

The cabin is looking a little rough compared to the last time I stayed in it a year ago. The beds are getting a little old maybe time to change out the mattresses. Need soap and no trash bags! The kitchen floors probably need to be replaced soon. Overall the place was clean and it is a nice place to stay. Maybe just a little TLC.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your honest feedback. We agree upgraded high quality mattresses are important in our rental and have upgrades scheduled for this month. We will ensure that additional soap and trash bags are more visible for guests. We are looking at upgrading the floor as well this spring.
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Most beautiful wood log cabin 😍? very spacious loved the hot tub too!!

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was beautiful loved the hot tub and the fact that there are 3 levels also used the grill it was really nice!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here 4 nights with my husband, parents, and 2 daughters, ages 6 and 3. The cabin and location were fantastic. The proximity to the hiking trail was a really great feature. The cabin included so many toys and books for the kids that we didn't bother to bring any of ours in from the car. The kitchen was well-stocked with everything we needed. We didn't use the grill or the hot tub so I can't comment on those. Many of the sleds were cracked, but we found enough in good shape to take to White Sands for a fun morning. We all had a great time and I'll definitely be keeping this place in mind for future summer getaways.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this very comfortable home . It was nice having the forest out "our" backdoor. Town with restaurants & shopping was just minutes away. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Just the right location

  • 4 of 5

This home was described correctly and ended up being a great vacation for our family. It was clean and tidy upon arrival. The 3 bedrooms and loft had plenty of sleeping space. The kitchen was well equipped (pots, pans, dishes, cooking and dinnerware, some spices) and in great working order. Although we brought our own books and games there are loads of fun stuff already there. The hot tub was just a little murky when we got there but instructions and chemicals were available so we used it the whole time we were there. It was great! We left the place clean and tidy and my deposit was promptly refunded.

A few things to know when you book:

The driveway and parking area in front of the home is steep and parking is limited but we were able to park a large SUV, truck and 2 cars without a problem

There is a gas grill on the back patio but it is not in good working order. We brought steaks with us and had planned to use it but couldn't. Not sure it can even be fixed. But there was a great cast iron griddle in the kitchen that worked perfectly.

There are neighbors on each side so it's not remote. But it does back up to the forest and the walking trails are very nice and easily accessible. And it's quiet

There is no official grocery store in town but there is an extended convenience store and Dollar store for general items. And some cute shops and a couple of restaurants

The lower level bedroom is quite cool at all times so put someone there who doesn't mind that.

The bathtub on the main level has that clawfoot tub, which is cute and deep but it is very narrow. But it and the shower work very well.

The shower in the lower level is also very, very small. Hardly enough room to turn around. But again, it works well.

We used the washer and dryer and it worked perfectly. We ended up washing towels and some clothes during the week.

All in all a pretty good place to relax.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Western Bar
White Sands National Monument
Ski Cloudcroft
"Great local ski area. Rentals and food available."
Ski Apache
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Lodge Golf Course
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Ski Cloudcroft (Ski Apache 60 miles)
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $90 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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