Set against the desert foot of the dramatic Sacramento Mountains, this park features historic exhibits and a fully restored 19th century ranch house.
Springs and seeps in the walls of Dog Canyon support yellow columbines, maindenhair ferns and orchids. Secreted in this harsh landscape is a green oasis, where water flows year-round and ferns cling to mossy rocks. This area, known as Dog Canyon, is one of many deep ravines that slice the west flank of the Sacramento Mountains in southern New Mexico.
The park is trailhead for the Dog Canyon National Recreational Trail in the adjacent Lincoln National Forest. This difficult, 6-mile trail has splendid views of the surrounding desert and White Sands National Monument.
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is 12 miles south of Alamogordo via US 54, then east 4 miles on Dog Canyon Road.
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best place in this area
I'm a regular at this campground, since family lives nearby.
It has a beautiful, beautiful view (see my pictures) and is very well maintained. The fees are reasonable : $14 for water & electricity hookups , $10 without, water is nearby.
Flora is mainly creosote, prickly pear, yucca and mesquite. No shade from trees.
Plenty of skunks and foxes at dusk.
The downside: it gets very hot in summer (Thank god for AC!) and almost on a regular basis there are fire restrictions from end of May to mid July, because of lack of rain. No BBQ fire! Needless to say, no ground ...