Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

New Mexico

(575) 437-8284

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Overview

Set against the desert foot of the dramatic Sacramento Mountains, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park features historic exhibits and a fully restored 19th century ranch house. Springs and seeps in the walls of Dog Canyon support yellow columbines, maidenhair 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 is one of many, whose deep ravines slice the west flank of the majestic Sacramento Mountains. The park also serves as the trailhead for the Dog Canyon National Recreation Trail in the adjacent Lincoln National Forest.

Map of Oliver Lee Memorial (NM)

Latitude, Longitude: 32.748013, -105.926743

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Activities

  • Camping

    Camping and RV hook-ups are available at the campground.

  • Hiking

    The park has the trailhead for the Dog Canyon National Recreational Trail in the adjacent Lincoln National Forest. This difficult, six-mile trail has splendid views of the surrounding desert and White Sands National Monument.

  • Historic Sites

    Oliver Milton Lee had a colorful career in New Mexico history. Experience life of late 19th-century settlers at Lee's ranch headquarters, now restored and authentically furnished. The ranch house is open to the public by guided tour only.

    Water, plants and wildlife in Dog Canyon attracted prehistoric and historic inhabitants to the area.

    Apache used the rugged canyon as a stronghold in 19th-century conflicts with the United States Army.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking opportunities are available within the park.

  • RVing

    Some campsites can accommodate RV's. Call the area for more information.

Directions

Driving

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is 12-miles south of Alamogordo via US 54, then east four-miles on Dog Canyon Road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(575) 437-8284

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