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Motorcycle Roads The Road to Timberon

By Jeech
on August 1, 2008

5.0out of 5

4 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start at the intersection of NM route 244 and US Highway 70 (just southwest of Ruidoso and northwest of Mescalero). From here head southeast on route 244 for about 15.5 miles. 244 will come to a sharp bend at which point you need to take a right (now heading southwest). This will take you all the way to US Highway 82 where you want to take a right (head west) and head towards Cloudcroft. Stay on 82 through Cloudcroft until you are just on the other side and now head South (take a left) on 6563 (also known as Sunspot Scenic Byway). Stay on this and it will become County Road C001 (also known as 537) at the Sunspot turnoff and take you all the way into Timberon (see online map).

Scenery

This is a Beautiful ride through Lincoln National Forest. There are lots of farms/ranches in the valley to Cloudcroft. After Cloudcroft you go through a lot of amazing canyons. Overall the scenery is truly indescribable!

Beautiful twisty road from Cloudcroft, NM to Timberon, NM. Runs through the Lincoln National Forest. White Sands, NM can be seen from one of the overlook areas. Also passes by Sunspot, a national solar observatory.

Road Quality

This road has excellent twists, especially south of Cloudcroft, and has plenty of ups and downs, as you would expect from being in the mountains. The road is also in excellent condition; very few road hazards. Specifically the section south of Cloudcroft is in excellent condition. It was paved around 2004. Prior to that, it had been a rock road.

Roadside Amenities

There are some great places to eat in Cloudcroft and a great drag downtown for shopping. Cloudcroft has a few places to stay. There is also a golf course in both Cloudcroft and Timberon. South of Cloudcroft is the Sunspot observatory, only a mile or two off the route. There are plenty of National Forest Campgrounds along this route as well but basically no services along the road. No fuel available in Timberon, so gas up prior to leaving Cloudcroft.


Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By hansonwe
on March 30, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 87

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Touring

Outstanding ride with excellent scenery, good pavement and a good mix of twisties and sweeping curves. For the first reviewer's question, there is no paved route (or even a good gravel road) south of Timberon going to US 54 -- your only choice is to go back the way you came. There are a couple of seasonal places to eat at in Timberon, but no fuel. Best to fuel and eat in Cloudcroft.

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By Guest
on March 9, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Buell

Motorcycle Type Sport

Looks like a very interesting route I am considering on doing. One question (may seem dum) but are there any non-restricted routes to route 54 through fort bliss from Timberon? Any info would be appreciated!

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By Guest
on February 7, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is an excellent ride. Try to do it at least a couple of times a year.

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By Guest
on July 7, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

Absolutely a beautiful ride!!! We go every year. Very Scenic, twists, ups and downs, wonderful climate, and just peaceful! This is one of our number one favorite rides.

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