Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Alamogordo

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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, whose two tracts preserve a canyon in the Sacramento Mountains and Oliver Lee's historic 19th-century ranch house. The 640acre park is located in Otero County at an elevation of. It is situated at the base of Dog Canyon and provides opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, a nature trail, and guided tours of the ranch house.The Dog Canyon National Recreational Trail climbs to provide views of the Tularosa Basin and the Organ Mountains. Nearby are the community of Alamogordo and the White Sands National Monument. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park was established in 1980.HistoryOliver Lee Memorial State Park consists of two separate parcels of land. Both parcels are historically significant. The Dog Canyon tract was used by Apache warriors as a defensive position and a base of operations during their numerous battles and wars with Euro-American explorers and settlers. Oliver Lee's homestead near the mouth of Dog Canyon was built in 1893. Lee was an influential and controversial citizen of New Mexico's settlement. The ranch is now a historic site and demonstrates how the ranch home looked while Lee was living there. As a well known rancher Lee was able to use his political influence to bring the railroad to nearby Alamogordo in 1898 and establish financial connections with influential citizens in El Paso, Texas. Lee was a known associate of Albert B. Fall and once engaged in an ineffectual gun fight with Pat Garrett. The second and northern parcel of land, has been studied extensively by archaeologists to determine the cultural history of the area.
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  • September 20, 2017
    This park is relatively quiet (unless you stay near the bathrooms which have a loud sound emanating from the bathroom fans) and has scenic views. There is a small visitor center and some trails. Dog r...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This campground has some sites with a shade shelter and some that don't. I believe the ones with the shelter are available with a reservation. The sites are nicely spread apart and fairly private. The...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    My husband and I went to Oliver Lee Memorial State park on Wednesday about 2 hours before sundown. We were planning to hike the Riparian Nature trail which is a 1/2 mile loop. That trail and the Dog C...  more »
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  • May 19, 2017
    The scenery is magnificent. The campground was very quiet and a perfect place if you are heading to white sands. However the bathrooms were rarely kept up, there wasn't a camp host, and the showers were either scalding hot, or frozen...no in between. We went hiking about 20 times, and loved every one. However the marking and trail is very ambiguous, and could definitely use some upkeep. A few minor fixes by the management could give this 5 stars easily!
  • May 30, 2017
    Dog Canyon is a Beautiful and difficult, but worth it hike. The mile markers are off about a half a mile 3 miles into the hike. We saw one rattlesnake sunbathing on the trail through the meadows. The views are spectacular. Plan for about a 6 hour round trip to the 5 mile marker which is probably closer to 5.5. This makes a nice 11 mile hike. 4 up and about 2 down.
  • March 18, 2017
    My get away in late fall early spring from Santa fe. This place is one of the better state parks, always clean with a free shower and somewhat hot water. Shower heads suck but it works. Site 11 is private and a path to the road, use it for motorcycle camping I wont wake up the other campers at 1:00 am. Beautiful sunsets and sunrises over the mesa edge. For $10.00 it's a nice relaxing place until it hits 80+ then your cooking in a tent.
  • April 24, 2017
    Bathrooms are clean, showers were warm, sites were clean and I don't think any of them had a bad view. This place is awe-inspiring. Lots of different hiking levels. We had a toddler and a preschooler and we were still able to do some of the hikes. - more pics on our blog - Approved Adventures
  • April 26, 2017
    Well spaced out camp sites. Clean and well maintained facilities, including showers. Great desert views and atmosphere. Access to a challenging Dog Canyon trail.

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