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SLIDE GROUP AREA, NM

part ofLincoln National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SLIDE GROUP AREA
Status: Closed through Thu May 15 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Just two miles from the village of Cloudcroft is this idyllic campground accommodating groups up to 90 visitors. Take advantage of the views of the Tularosa Basin or bask in the sun on the wildflower-dusted mountain meadow. A network of trails surround the campground, where you can look for deer, elk, and many types of birds. The region is part of the 1.1 million acres of Lincoln National Forest, where the original Smokey Bear was rescued as a cub from a forest fire.

There's no shortage of beauty in the area, with expansive blue skies, clear nights for stargazing, and hikes to several peaks and overlooks. Attractions in the vicinity include White Sands National Monument, the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and the Sunspot Museum - home to the national solar observatory.

Natural Features:

The campground is located on the rim of the Sacramento Mountains with a view of the Tularosa Basin. Mixed evergreen and aspens surround the 9,000 ft. elevation site.

Recreation:

Slide Group Area backs into the Rim Trail, offering epic views, rocky hills, and switchbacks. Head north on the trail for mountain biking, hiking, and horse-back riding. Head south for the part of the trail that allows motorcycles. An open meadow, perfect for sports like volleyball, corn hole, or football, is connected to the campsite.

Facilities:

The picturesque overlook and convenient road access are unique, convenient features of this group site. No water is at this site, but it's available at Deerhead Campground from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Parking can accommodate approximately 12 trailers or 50 automobiles.

Nearby Attractions:

Drive along the Sunspot Scenic Byway to catch phenomenal views of the Tularosa Basin, White Sands National Monument, and colorful desert sunsets. Cloudcroft, a quaint mountain village nearby, is also worth a visit.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Grills
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Water (Seasonal)
Know Before You Go
  • Call (575) 682-7570 or (575) 443-4067 prior to arrival to get the lock combination.
  • There is no public phone.
  • Fire restrictions may apply.
  • There is no water at this site; water may be obtained at Deerhead Campground until Labor Day.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.78972, -105.82028
32°47'23"N, 105°49'13"W

Located in southeast New Mexico, Slide Group Area is approximately 20 miles east of Alamogordo. From Alamogordo, take Highway 82 east 16 miles. Just before Cloudcroft, turn right (south) on Highway 130, go approximatley 2 miles. Turn right (west) on NM 6563, the Sunspot Highway Go approximately 1/4 miles. Slide Group Area is on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SLIDE GROUP AREA
PO BOX 836
CLOUDCROFT NM 88317

Phone Number:

Information: (575)682-7570
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