We visited the Cloudcroft area this July. The cooler temp was a nice change from the high desert. A small variety of tree and bush species and some nice flowers on the Rim Trail and Nelson Canyon Lookout trail and an extraordinary number of hummingbirds in town and in the forest. Also, interesting views of the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument. But nothing breathtaking, for sure.
The town was disappointing. Pricey for a middling tourist destination and numbingly slow service in all 4 establishments we visited. Not laid back, more confused.
We had considered camping but glad we didn't: the NFS campsites were way too close together. More like a parking lot with trees.
What did we miss?