IF YOU )RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO THIS WINTER… THERE )S SOMETHING TO DO IN SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO YOU WON )T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE STATE. A NATURAL ICE RINK. NEWS 13 )S ELENA MENDOZA IS LIVE IN CLOUDCROFT WITH A LOOK, ELENA. KIM, TODAY )S COLD WEATHER MAKES FOR A PERFECT DAY TO GET OUT AND SKATE. ONE GIRL EVEN CAME HERE ALL THE WAY FROM LAS CRUCES TO CELEBRATE HER FOURTEENTH BIRTHDAY. Ruby Bernal, 14/Skater “I wanted to do something different than just like a sleepover or anything and I wanted my friends to try something new in case they hadn )t tried it.” Carson Stettheimer, 6/Skater “I really like ice skating and I think that it )s really fun.” THIS IS ALSO THE SOUTHERN-MOST ALL-NATURAL OUTDOOR RINK IN THE COUNTRY — LOCATED HIGH UP HERE IN THE LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST ON JAMES CANYON HIGHWAY. THE OWNER SAYS SINCE THE EARLY 1900S, PEOPLE HAVE COME HERE TO SKATE IN THE COLD MONTHS. DURING THE SIXTIES, FORMER MAYOR JAMES SEWELL STARTED FILLNG IT IN ALL WINTER LONG…AND SINCE THEN HAS GROWN INTO WHAT YOU SEE TODAY. Donald Wiklund/Owner “This has a great draw, people from all over the state as well as far as East Texas, DFW area, that come out here to enjoy the outdoor elements and the essence of what an outdoor ice skating rink is.” THE RINK ALSO OFFERS RENTALS, A SNACK BAR AND A WARMING CENTER. THE RINK IS COVERED SO EVEN IF IT )S SNOWING ON AND OFF LIKE TODAY, SKATERS CAN STILL STAY DRY. IT )S OPEN MOST DAYS FROM 10 A-M TO 9 P-M…WEATHER PERMITTING KIM, BACK TO YOU. OK ELENA. ADMISSION IS FREE FOR PEOPLE WITH THEIR OWN SKATES. AND MILITARY MEMBERS GET A DISCOUNT.

Cloudcroft offers New Mexico’s only natural ice skating rink
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2 thoughts on “Cloudcroft offers New Mexico’s only natural ice skating rink

  • January 12, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    Isnt a frozen pond a natural ice rink?

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  • January 12, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    When I was a kid it was an old basketball court, it’s really grown a lot.

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