Does anyone know what kind of climate they have in the mountains SW new mexico, cloudcroft area? For example what hardiness zone it is, what kind of trees and shrubs grow well there?
What is the real estate market like?
When I was researching my move to New Mexico, I looked up Cloudcroft. It is a high mountain climate. The prospect of getting a decent paying job did not look promising. It is a small community. The roads are sometimes inaccessible during winter from what I read. One cannot get in or out of the town during heavy snowfall.
A friend of mine vacationed in Cloudcroft and thought the area was really beautiful. It might be a good place to retire, but it would not be a gardener's dream because of long, heavy winters.
My parents lived in Cloudcroft for 5 years but moved for several reasons. Cloudcroft is at a pretty high altitude, their house was 9000 feet. Some winters there are very snowy and icy, (there was a ski slope), although the winter of 2005-2006 had no snow at all. I agree that it's not a gardener's dream but it is pretty and quite a few things will grow there. Pine and aspen seem to like it. Ruidoso is lower elevation, just as pretty but getting very pricey as well as crowded.