Thanks Joe! Check out Joe’s Photo set from the Cloudcroft rally held on 6/24/12!
On Sunday, June 24th El Paso’s Officially un-official MINI Cooper Club (epMINIs) will head up to Cloudcroft NM for a day trip and some heat relief. (Well, hopefully some heat relief!) The Trip will consist of leaving El Paso at 10 am. Lunch in Cloudcroft at around 1 PM then a loop up to Mescalero via 244 and Tularosa via Highway 70 for a scenic cruise. Tularosa will be the final meet point before the drive home. 70 will take you to Las Cruces or connect to 54 to get back to El Paso.
Weather.com predicts the day to be Sunny with a High in the low 80′s. Not as cool as usual for Cloudcroft, but that’s still about 20 degrees less than what we’ve had here in El Paso for the last couple of weeks!
Meetup Place/Time 9:00 am
We will meet up starting around 9 am at the McDonalds/Western Refinery Gas Station located on the far Northeast part of town. The address is 11390 Gateway N Ste B El Paso, TX 79934. Its off US 54 Near McCombs. If you want to fuel up and grab some breakfast, get there earlier so we can stay on Schedule.
We plan on leaving from the McDonalds at about 10:00 am. We’ll take US 54 north up to Alamogordo and then follow 82 to Cloudcroft. There will be a couple of stops along the way. One will be the J & J Mini Market 1957 Highway 54 South, Alamogordo, NM 88310. We hope to be able to stop at the scenic point before the tunnel to Cloudcroft as well.
1:00 PM Lunch
Once we get into Cloudcroft, we’ll have to be creative about parking. We can start off in the school parking lot to regroup then figure out parking from there. We may not all fit in the same spots together, but there are plenty of places around the town to park. We have a reservation at the The Western Bar & Cafe at 1:00 pm or so for anyone interested in lunch. There are a few other places around as well. Anyone not staying with the group at lunch will need to check in with us to be sure we don’t leave you behind after lunch. The Western Bar & Cafe is located in the town/shopping area. The address is 304 Burro Avenue, Cloudcroft, NM
After Lunch (approx 2:30/3:oo)
Highway 82 runs right through the center of town. We’ll get back onto 82 E toward Columbine Blvd then take the 2nd left onto NM-244. We’ll cruise through 244 until it intersects with US-70. We’ll start heading west through Mescalero and Tularosa. From Tularosa we’ll catch 70/54 south to head home. This is a rough overview map of the route we’ll be taking:
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On Sunday June 24th, El Paso’s Officially Unofficial MINI Cooper Club will head up to Cloudcroft NM (PLAN A). (We’ll make up a PLAN B if the Little Bear Fire or other lightning strikes disrupt the area). We plan on meeting up in the Northeast part of town at about 9 am. Exact place will be posted later this week.
We plan on making this a scenic drive with a few stops planned for photo opps! Don’t forget your cameras!
Its also advisable to be prepared for extreme temperature changes and possible rain. Layers and light jackets come in handy if you’re acclimated to the heat and get cold when the temps reach the frigid 60′s. Rain tends to occur in the higher elevation so an umbrella would be helpful as well.
Please comment on this post or RSVP on the Facebook event so we can get a head count. A lunch break is being planned, but a location needs to be prepared for our group.
More details to come!