Memorial State Park
409 Dog Canyon Rd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Gate Hours: 24
Set against the
desert foot of the dramatic Sacramento Mountains,
this park features historic exhibits and a fully
restored 19th century ranch house.
Oliver Lee Memorial
State Park is 12 miles south of Alamogordo via US
54, then east 4 miles on Dog Canyon Road.
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, 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
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.
Oliver Milton Lee
(1865-1941) 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.
RV Dump Station