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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Alamogordo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Oliver Lee State Park includes historical exhibits and some of southern New Mexico's finest views.
jefferson, TX
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Great campground. Not many sites with electric, so make reservations. Good spacing between sites. Some sites not big rig friendly. Beautiful view, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Lots of hiking

Visited January 2014
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Alamogordo, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Oliver Lee Park - glad we stopped”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The spectacular views of Dog Canyon start at Oliver Lee State park. The botanical garden was busting out with activity the day we stopped. Cactus were blooming and hummingbirds were everywhere along with many other desert birds and insects. We took a hike on the short trail to see Frenchy's cabin and were amazed at the plant life by the creek and campsites along the way. The amenities for campers were very clean and the rangers were very pleasant. I am looking forward to returning to try the big trail.

Visited May 2013
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Cedar Park TX
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Very nice visit for a couple of days”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

I tent camped here Nov 3-4. Very nice place to spend a couple of days. Did the Dog Canyon hike. Pretty tough hike but very good views. Nice panoramic views from the campsites too. Someone mentioned in another review about it being hard to get tent stakes in the ground. I agree. Difficult but not impossible. I managed to get mine in about halfway and stacked rocks on them to make sure. I also liked being only a 15 minute drive away from Alamogordo in case I needed anything.

Hats off to the park staff on the cleanliness of the bathroom/shower facility. It was by far the cleanest I've ever seen at a state or national park. Much appreciated!

Visited November 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
646 reviews
320 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
“A hiker's paradise”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

We set out to do a partial hike of Dog Canyon, but went on farther than we initially planned as it was so beautiful. The trail is mostly protected from wind and sun in the morning, but more exposed as the sun gets higher. The first part of the hike I would rate moderate, but as you approach 'The Eyebrow', get ready for some loose rock, narrow pathways with a severe precipice and steeper climbing. We made it to the top of the crest and enjoyed fantastic views of the Tularosa Basin, White Sands National Monument and could also see the observatory to the east.

Visited November 2013
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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
307 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Happy yet tired Hiker!”
Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

This park was recommended by a fellow hiker. It was worth the drive from White Sands Missile Range. Our hike up Dog Canyon began around noon and it took us approximately two hours to get to the 2.9 mile look out point. Up and up and up. With each bend in the trail came more stunning views. It was a tough climb, and we're moderate hikers. We didn't have the time nor the energy to go the rest of the way to the top. This is a great hike and a wonderful way to spend part of your day. Take lots if water and nutrition and enjoy the break at the lookout point.

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