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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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  • The park visitor center has a nice collection of artifacts and interpretive displays that tell the history of the area, specifically Dog Canyon. The nature trail winds along the creekbed with shade fr...  more »
  • I find this nature always overwhelming. Only the flat Valley and then immediately the great mountains!
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  • It's relatively small but has some nice trails and campsites. The volunteers are friendly and the park is kept clean. I was not impressed with the shower pressure/function but the bathrooms were clean...  more »
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  • I love this park! A great place to stay if you're planning a visit to White Sands National Monument. Nearest city is about 15 mins away. Staff was friendly and helpful. Restroom/showers are well maintained. Showers have a limited time, but keep pushing the faucet button to extend your time. I was pushing about maybe every couple of seconds. Understandable to help conserve water. Campsites are also well maintained. Mainly gravel so no stakes if you are tent camping. My campsite #2 had leveled area available as maybe some sites further down have a little slope from what I saw. Road is paved so it's nice for stroller use and a morning walk around the loops. Place has lots of rocks! Some sites offer shade while others do not have any shade available. Some sites have water and electricity and others just one or the other so be sure to book your appropriate site! If you don't have water, community water pumps are also available. Awesome for star gazing! And great view of Lincoln National Forest.
  • The trail was so hard to find because the river was dry and a rock was blocking most of the path. A lot of clambering is needed to get around. If you don't have enough energy or are looking for an easy hiking trail, this puppy is not for you!
  • Very disappointed. Such an ugly run down area. If going for a nice picnic, don't waste your time or gas. Trashy, dirty and lots of stickers.THIS is a state park? How embarrassing for New Mexico.
  • Close to white sands. Nice gravel campsites, but not level. Clean comfort station but water pressure is in adequate. Shower was attempted, but washing hair was impossible under dripping faucet.
  • A great place to stay. We spent the night here on our way to White Sands National Monument. It was well worth the $10 entrance fee. The campsites are clear and flat and have a firepit and picnic table, they have water pumps placed at a reasonable distance from every campsite, bathrooms, and a shower. The view at sunset facing west was one of the best views we had on our entire trip. Definitely recommend.