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Considering traveling east to west over Cloudcroft, NM on Hwy 82! Can anyone offer any experience with the route?
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Its mostly 2 lane with an occasional passing lane. it has shoulders most of the way. Its 6% downhill grade west of Cloudcroft for about 12 miles, with some sharp switchback turns. You're dropping from 8600 ft at Cloudcroft to 4300 ft at Alamogordo.

Its a beautiful drive during good weather. It can be a bear during one of the occasional winter storms that hit the area in Jan-Feb. During summer/fall it can get crowded on weekends, but light traffic during the week.

East of Cloudcroft, coming from Artesia, its just a long gradual uphill climb, spread over plenty of miles, so its not very steep on that side.


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According the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers & RVers" which you really should get - states "there is a 4315' drop in elevations in 16 miles. It begins as a 7% grade dropping to 6%. There are two runaway truck ramps and a high tunnel. There are curves. Use extreme caution on this hill."

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If going down from Cloudcroft to Alamo, just take your time.  I lived in Alamo for 6 years, loved it.  Very nice/scenic but yes, it can get steep.  I would not myself pull a camper or heavy vehicle down that road during one of the many snow storms.  Road can get slick.  I do miss that area, want to go back there some day.

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