AROUND FERGUSON TIPI CAMPING
What to do around Ferguson Tipi Camping?
Honestly, I don't know where to start. I have lived in the Sacramento Mountains my entire life and narrowing the following pictures down to just a few was really hard for me. This is God's country - the beauty you will find here will amaze you and the words "bored" will never come to mind.
I am more than happy to share my love of the mountains and the area with you.
We can steer you to some great places to hike, gnarly bike trails, fantastic wildlife viewing or shopping. We have some wonderful restaurants (whether it be the best food the locals eat
or a great romantic dinner with wonderful views of the sun setting over the mountains.)
You name it and I guarantee we can tell you the best place to go for whatever experience
you are looking to have while visiting us at 8,000 feet in altitude.
Golf Course Open from April 1st – October 31st.
For golf in New Mexico, this is one golf course you can’t miss. As you tee off on the first hole, a 150 – foot vertical drop welcomes you onto The Lodge golf course. And that’s just the beginning. At 9,000 feet above sea level, the terrain is as challenging as it is beautiful.
Our golf course is one of North America’s oldest golf course that will celebrate its 117th season in 2016. It was established in 1899. For its first 50 years the golf course was the highest golf in elevation in North America at 9,000 feet! There are three others that are now in the USA that top ours by less than 600 feet elevation, leaving ours still the 7th highest in the world!
Governed by the Scottish tradition of playing different tees and separate flags on each hole. this dramatic nine – hole golf course, when played twice, becomes a challenging 18 – hole round.
The golf course is open seven days a week, April through October. we recommend that you call ahead for tee times.
Some of the best hiking trails are found here in the Sacramento Mountains. Picking up a trail map from the local National Forest office is the best thing to do. There are trails that are easy walks along developed trails with fantastic views and then there are more challenging hikes. Whichever you are looking for you will not go home disappointed.
We have some of the best trails in New Mexico for Mountain Biking. Many of them I have ridden myself or my kids have ridden all of them. From the easy rides towith lots of looking around at the beauty surrounding you (my favorite kind of ride) to a challenging trail for the best riders -- we got them all. Of course the best thing to do is get a trail map from the National Forest Service office or check in at our local bike shop, High Altitude. The guys there can hook you up with whatever parts you may have forgot, tell you the best trails
to go on or sell you some really great local clothing.
The best shopping around is found right up the road from us in the small town of Cloudcroft, NM. There are so many wonderful boutiques to be found on Burro Street. Of course one of my favorite shops, Off the Beaten Path, is just around the corner on Little Glorietta.
We also have our own Family Dollar Store now if there is anything you may have forgotten or just need some food to eat.
Our local newspaper, The Mountain Monthly, can give you a map on the back page of all the best places to visit.
Five minutes into the drive up the Sacramento Mountains, you can see why locals like to say that Cloudcroft, New Mexico, is 9,000 feet above stress level.
The tiny town of one main drag, zero stoplights, and 768 people is a unique place for viewing wildlife.
In June, the wildflowers start blooming and the forests and meadows around Cloudcroft turn into
the wildlife's paradise: In a single day, you can
picnic by a waterfall or trek through ponderosa pines.
The drive from Cloudcroft to Ruidoso is a cool summer escape. The road follows the crest of the Sacramento Mountains through the heart of the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. You are always likely to see wildlife of any kind along this drive.
WHITE SANDS NATIONAL PARK
Nowhere else will you encounter the pure white gypsum sand that is found in this amazing national monument. It is whiter than snow. In fact, combined with the abundant sunshine in this part of New Mexico, it can almost be blinding. Unlike the Great Sand Dunes, the dunes of White Sands are rather low in comparison – only 60 feet high. But you come here for the color and the surreal surroundings, not the size. Although there is some vegetation that has uniquely adapted to this hostile environment, it is the white sands that draws the visitor.