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Old 07-19-2007, 02:48 PM
 
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Default Best New Mexico mountain towns

I now live in southern new mexico and am getting tired of the brown and the
heat in the summer. I can't afford Santa Fe and I was wondering what others have found and why they like it. I have checked out Silver City and it
might be fine but it's not as high elevation for the cool summers that I would
like. This might leave Taos and Ruidoso or possibly Cloudcroft. I was seriously considering Cloudcroft but a lady that I know who lives there told
me that in the winter their population goes down to about 500 people and many are hermits and not very socialable. I think Ruidoso sounds good
but a little to far from shopping but maybe it could work. I do like Raton
but after a few more visits people who lived there said they love it but it
does get very cold with lots of snow and it can be boring. It does have
a cute colorado town look. Another plus for Raton is the amtrak. It goes
to LA to the west and to Chicago for the east. If anybody has any thoughts
or experiences on Raton I would love to hear about it.

Thanks
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Old 07-19-2007, 03:33 PM
 
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I now live in southern new mexico and am getting tired of the brown and the
heat in the summer. I can't afford Santa Fe and I was wondering what others have found and why they like it. I have checked out Silver City and it
might be fine but it's not as high elevation for the cool summers that I would
like. This might leave Taos and Ruidoso or possibly Cloudcroft. I was seriously considering Cloudcroft but a lady that I know who lives there told
me that in the winter their population goes down to about 500 people and many are hermits and not very socialable. I think Ruidoso sounds good
but a little to far from shopping but maybe it could work. I do like Raton
but after a few more visits people who lived there said they love it but it
does get very cold with lots of snow and it can be boring. It does have
a cute colorado town look. Another plus for Raton is the amtrak. It goes
to LA to the west and to Chicago for the east. If anybody has any thoughts
or experiences on Raton I would love to hear about it.

Thanks
I would not give up on Cloudcroft on just one persons say so. I have found it to be a delightful area, and if you want a smaller area go to Timberon..There is about 360 full time residents. But I love it there.
I have found Cloudcroft winter or summer very friendly. Spend this coming winter visiting the areas you are thinking about during the week to get the full feel of the towns.
Keep us posted on your search.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:14 PM
 
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Designer.....do you mean permanent or seasonal......Of course Cloudcroft would be my #1 choice but there are others like Capitan or Lincoln on the north side of the Sacramento's. Also around Ruidoso like Alto or Hondo....then there's Bent between Tuli and Mescalero. Where Jane's at on the south part of the mountain range like Timberon or Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill and Pinon are little towns you can visit when you have a chance .......Designer............

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Old 07-19-2007, 04:30 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I like Magdalena, but this is probably too far out for you-- have you checked out any of the smaller towns outside of Santa Fe? (Madrid? comes to mind). Cloudcroft is lovely and I think it is just a drive away from the more populated areas. Ruidoso is pretty pricey too.

-Denise
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:22 PM
 
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Silver City is surrounded by Forest and is awesome for the outdoor enthusiasts, but not a lot of social opportunities for the one who likes going out on the town. When you take a long enough hike or mountain bike excursion, you don't care to go out afterwads anyway. I have lived in Cruces, Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Bernalillo and visited all of New Mexico and would have to say Silver has always been my favorite.
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:27 PM
 
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I like Magdalena
InTheDesert.......I assume since you live in Socorro that you have taken the back way to Slver City on U.S.60 to Reserve then over to U.S.180 swinging along the Arizona border by the town of Alpine as that drive is awsome. Its the only part of New Mexico that reminded me of Western Montana with its huge mountain Ranges and Alpine thick for 100's/1000's of miles.....

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Old 07-20-2007, 07:44 PM
 
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I appreciate all the comments made about my original post. Actually I live
near T or C and not Socorro. I do go to Socorro often but don't live there.
I should add that with the threat of gas continually going up I don't want
to be extremely far from doctors, shopping and other things that can only
be found in a little larger community. I really like the idea of Cloudcroft
because of how close it is to Alamogordo. I havn't really explored Alamo.
yet but when I talk to people who live there they keep telling me how much
better it used to be in the old days. I guess I just need to go there and stay
for two or three days. I've been in Capitan and some of the other smaller
towns but they might be getting a little to far from civilization for me.
Sometimes I think if Raton was a little larger it would be just fine except
for it's bad winters. It is on the Amtrak line which stops in Lamy and
Albuquerque which could be a bonus in bad weather. Anyway thanks for
the great input and I'll try to take a trip back up to the hills around the
cloudcroft area again to do more research on costs and etc.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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Thumbs up Cities in NM

I have read most of the posts. No one has, as yet, mentioned living in Clovis or Tucumcari. I know that several years ago, Clovis always smelled like a stockyard. Anyway, how are those towns to live today. Besides ABQ, which other city or town has a sizeable Black population? I do theater relating to Black family life.
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Clovis and Tucumcari aren't mountain towns. That's why they haven't been mentioned.
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Espanola, Los Alamos and Cuba.
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