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.
Oliver 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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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park Reviews
I reserve my 5 star ratings for those places, businesses, and experiences that; in my opinion, over-deliver on expectations and this is one of them. One does not expect such a great experience and... more »
Good paved access, some prepared camper sites, and a small but really nice visitor center-museum- the main attraction is a developed hiking trail up the canyon -often with flowing water- from the... more »
The campground is excellent. Bathroom and showers are great. With a cell booster we had great service. The park should be named Frenchies as he did all the Man-made rock walls around the area and up the mountains. Oliver lee was richer, so there you go. You're not too far from Alamogordo or White Sands when you stay here. I love the New Mexico State Parks.
This was probably our favorite campground on our 2-1/2 month trip around the western half of the USA. We regret we only stayed two nights. The sites were spacious and the facilities in good condition. Spectacular views.
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