State: New Mexico
Address 1: 409 Dog Canyon Rd.
Phone: (575) 437-8284
Open all Year: Yes
Number of Sites: 48
Full Hook: Yes
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.