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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

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Address: 409 Dog Canyon Rd, 8 miles south of Alamogordo on US 54 then 4 miles east on Dog Canyon Rd., Alamogordo, NM 88310-9496
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+1 575-437-8284

Oliver Lee State Park includes historical exhibits and some of southern New...

Oliver Lee State Park includes historical exhibits and some of southern New Mexico's finest views.

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Hike, Camp, Explore. This park has it all! Stunning views.

If you like a peaceful, quiet campground with good hiking trails and great staff then this is the place to be. The Visitors Center has a great museum, interpretive trails and the... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Rita S
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

If you like a peaceful, quiet campground with good hiking trails and great staff then this is the place to be. The Visitors Center has a great museum, interpretive trails and the park is open year round. With 44 campsites of which 7 are resolvable on Reserve America. It is a small campground and seems to fill up on the... More 

Thank Rita S
Bozeman, Montana
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Take note, US states--New Mexico has the best state parks we've been in, and Oliver Lee leads the pack. At first I thought it seemed pretty open and barren, but each site has vegetation that provides at least some privacy--this was my husband's favorite simply because of the vegetation: yucca, cacti, sotol, etc. The birding here was very good considering... More 

Thank durrae j
New Mexico
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Take the time to go into the visitors center to learn about the area. Good trails for hiking. They give tours of the old Oliver Lee ranch house on Saturdays. Good camp/RV sites.

Thank RodNewMexico
Odessa, Texas
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

The museum was a welcoming escape from the wind on the day we visited. Lots of old west articles on display and items from local history. The garden was still a nice stroll despite the wind. Was interesting to see it from the basin for once.

Thank oldcartrader
Vancouver Island, Canada
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

My family and I needed somewhere to stay with our 35ft rig near Whitesands NP. We found this little gem. Hosts were lovely and helpful and even loaned my daughter a sled for playing at Whitesands. Place was immaculate. Views were stunning. Visitors centre interesting and educational and the walking trails were fun. We only intended in overnighting and ended... More 

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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Embarrassed to say it took me five years to get around to visiting the park. I'd driven by many times on the way to El Paso, but from the highway it didn't look like much. HOWEVER, my hubby and I went there on weekend to check out what was there. My, my what a surprise. Fantastic views, great little museum,... More 

Thank Jay B
El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I have driven past this park so many times on my way to Ruidoso but never stopped till this weekend. Wow! What a beautiful hike I've been missing. It is a rather long in and out hike that is a little over 5 miles each way. You do need some degree of good conditioning but if you take it slow... More 

Thank Kirk10100
Austin TX
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We chose this park for convenience, not for the park itself. We liked it so much that we extended our stay. It's a great location for exploring the area. It's close to Alamogordo for supplies. The park itself is really pleasant - in the Chihuahuan desert at the base of Dog Canyon. The campsites are well spaced and have great... More 

Thank augerAustinTX
Aurora, Colorado
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Though it is a bit tough to level out at some campsites, the view is worth the trouble. Absolutely gorgeous area and full hookups are available, W/E/S. No cable or wifi, though we picked up local tv stations. Quiet as can be and parking spots are not close together at all. A really nice get-away!

Thank Michael G
Rapid City, South Dakota
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

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 from cottonwoods - a very pretty area. For the adventurous, there's a hike up to the canyon walls, but it's not for the casual visitor. Nice campground area... More 

Thank Meanderman01

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