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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  • In Alamogordo mostly to see White Sands (having been drawn there by the enchanting books The Green Glass Sea and White Sands, Red Menance) we went to Oliver Lee SP for a short warm-up hike offering so...  more »
  • Seems like we used to hike a lot further to see Frenchie's but now that I'm pushing 60 I won't complain about the short walk. I did walk down the trail to the river but it's been wash pretty bad and w...  more »
  • We visited in a travel trailer over the weekend. There are only a few sites with water and electricity, and those sites are usually full. No matter, though, as there are numerous sites in this little ...  more »
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  • Beautiful state park with some very good hiking trails. The visitor center is very informative. Great views on the dog canyon trail.
  • What a gem! We loved Oliver Lee, the views are simply breath-taking. It's at the base of the mountains overlooking the valley stretched out west. We watched the sun set over the plains and watched the full moon rise over the mountains. Then delighted in the stillness of the sun rise the next morning. Beautiful xeriscaped paths led to clean restrooms, perfect for taking little children on nature walks. And it's only 30 min from White Sands! We'll definitely be back.
  • 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!
  • Wow, desert wasteland, post apocalypse. It's cheap....i guess it has to be? The only flora and fauna I can see is prickly pear cactus and desert scrub mesquite and the random sage....oh and yucca (aptly named). Late november....hot...sunny...unpleasantšŸ˜•
  • This is a very remote campground with the Mountains right behind you. Beautiful sunsets and nice and quiet.

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