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    I want to head up there and take my boy camping and do some hiking and trout fishing. Ive been to Cloudcroft and like that area as well as Ruidoso, but that place is too crowded for us, we would like to tent camp in the woods and have some guy time.

    I was looking up the park service website about camping in the LNF and under the list of things offered it said no fishing.
    I would like to hear from some of you who have been there and stayed as to what park in the forest is the best and where we could get some fishing in.

    thanks
     

    Vaquero

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    More West Central these days.
    I haven't camped, but id certainly recommend taking the highway to Lincoln. North of Ruidoso.
    Much more alpine than the Cloudcroft or Ruidoso highways and the jail Billy the Kid broke out of is still there.
    Take a half day drive west toward the northern end of White Sands Missile Range. Drive through prehistoric lava fields.

    I always enjoyed that route West.
    Cloudcroft and Ruidoso are ok.
     

    Vaquero

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    More West Central these days.
    Fishing.
    Really depends on snow pack.
    Some mom and pop fish farms are scattered for pay by the pound fishing.
    A coworker always raves about family time at those.
     

    vmax

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    I haven't camped, but id certainly recommend taking the highway to Lincoln. North of Ruidoso.
    Much more alpine than the Cloudcroft or Ruidoso highways and the jail Billy the Kid broke out of is still there.
    Take a half day drive west toward the northern end of White Sands Missile Range. Drive through prehistoric lava fields.

    I always enjoyed that route West.
    Cloudcroft and Ruidoso are ok.

    Yeah, we have been to the jail, that was awesome. We hung around Capitan area for a week or more once. I even ate at the Smokey The Bear Café and took the kids to see his grave. We stayed up that windy road to Lake Bonita, but back then we had an RV. We went to the space museum in Alamagordo and went to the white sands area and let the kids slide down the dunes.
    I'd like to be a little more secluded this time though. I'd like to get back into the National Forest and just hunker down in the woods
     

    Vaquero

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    More West Central these days.
    Secluded is east of Cloudcroft.
    Hard to call some of it "woods" though.
    Mountain desert. Cloudcroft itself holds some interesting restaurants and shops. That's it.
    West slope is steep. Highway is switchbacks, no turnoffs that I recall.
     

    TheDan

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    Austin - Rockdale
    Tagged for interest. I've driven through there, but never stayed. I want to make it destination one day. The scenery is very un-New Mexico :laughing:
     

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