The Mexican Canyon Trestle is one of the last remnants of what was once known as the “Cloud-Climbing Rail” between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Constructed in 1900 in order to transport lumber, the rail line also served passengers who wished to escape the desert heat in Alamogordo by traveling up to the cool mountain breezes of Cloudcroft, almost 9,000 feet above sea level. Climbing nearly 4,000 feet in elevation through winding stretches in the canyons, the rail line provided spectacular views. Following the advent of the automobile, use of the rail line went into decline and it was eventually abandoned in 1947, with most of the line torn down and sold as scrap. The segment known as the Mexican Canyon Trestle still stands, however, and has recently undergone renovations to help ensure its preservation.