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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $4.00
Great park with great views. Roads are paved, sites are gravel. Site 25 is a former park host site and the only site available with sewer hookup. Our site (site 2) said max 35' RV length on the reservation site but we easily got our 40' coach on the site and could have got a 45' coach on the site. Quiet and beautiful sunsets. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.
The Dog Canyon hiking trail is an excellent, though difficult, trail. Most people only hike out to the line cabin and back. The steepest and most difficult part of the hike is beyond the cabin but the views are amazing. The full round-trip hike was 12.25 miles from our campsite and took us 9 hours. Be sure to visit White Sands National Monument while you are there.
Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $14.00
Great state park with beautiful views and great sunsets. Sites are large and spacious with lots of room between sites. We had an Electric and water site but no sewer (there are a couple of those as well as lots with no electric). Bathrooms and showers were clean and well kept. I still cannot get used to the push button (for 30 seconds of water) type of shower and again hard to control the temp. There is an interesting visiting center as well Do be aware that your GPS may send you the wrong way and you will end up on dirt road. Ignore "her" and stay on highway 54 until Dog Canyon Road (state park sign here as well) and take this nice paved road to the park and not the "something ranch road". We will return here during the warmer weather season to explore the area some more. It is a quick 25 min ride to White Sands Monument from here. momdoc. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 153
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 51
Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $10.00
This is yet another in a series of beautiful NM parks that we have stayed at. There are some hookup sites, but on a Saturday in October they were all taken. The NHU sites are fine though. The sites all differ. Some have picnic shelters, some just tables. Most are not super long, but they are very large sites widely spaced and the desert scenery is lovely. The view is great too. Didn't use the facilities so can't comment. Most of the sites will require leveling, though. We had to try several before we could find one where we didn't have to use blocks. No wi-fi of course, but Verizon signal was strong. We've been on the road for a year and a half to 23 states and the NM state park system is overall the best state parks value we have found. Well done, NM! We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Truck Camper.
Review Count: 139
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 6
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $4.00
The campground is located on a sloping alluvial plain, at the base of the mountains and adjacent to the opening of Dog Canyon. A few sites, with electric hook-ups, will accommodate moderate or small size motorhomes or trailers. The sites are spacious with native vegetation, and a few are level. Most sites are not level and can be difficult to park-in for large size vehicles. During our recent stay, off-season, there was no park staff and no campground host. Late night arrivals were a common disturbing feature. Without any staff present, day or night, the local residents make nightly runs to fill the dumpsters, use the restroom, and hunt wildlife. There was not really any need for us to pay the camping fee. No one checked and no one cared. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $14.00
Excellent State park! Very scenic as you are camping on a ridge that overlooks mountains. Spacious sites. I recommend sites 1 to 5. Had to maneuver my rv sideways to get the best views,but was large site so no issues. Excellent hiking trails up the mountain and down to the vally. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.
Great visitor center with lots of history. Definitely do the hiking trails if your up to it.
Review Count: 128
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 23
Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $14.00
Oliver Lee State Park is about 9 miles southwest of Alamogordo on US 54, then 4 miles east up Dog Canyon road up a long ascending slope to the base of the abrupt cliff faces of the Sacramento Mountains where the narrow Dog Canyon exits the mountain. There are two loops with electricity on 14 loop A sites and 4 on loop B according to the CG map. Some sites have shelters. Roads are paved, sites gravel and most not level. I lucked out to get site 25 which had previously been a host site so had sewer as well and was level. There is a dump station near the entrance. Gorgeous views of Tularosa valley and the mountain cliffs. All sorts of interesting dessert plants abound, some in bloom. Small visitor center with nice historical exhibits some featuring "Frenchy" a French immigrant who solo build long still existing rock walls by and up the steep canyon slopes to fence his livestock and an orchard, and Oliver Lee, rancher. A quiet beautiful place worth a stay. Just wish more level sites for all. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 111
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 11
Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $14.00
One of our favorite parks. We camp here twice a year. The park has gotten very popular with overnighters so reservations are needed for weekends. We got there on a weekday before 4PM and got the last first come site with W&E. No wind this trip but winds can be a problem in NM in the spring. If you are using GPS don't let it send you down Taylor Ranch RD unless you enjoy rough roads. Stay on Hwy 70 until you see the brown state park sign pointing to the park. It is not a scenic drive but the park is wonderful when you get to it. There are 2 loops . The lower loop does not have hookups but usually has vacant sites and the same wonderful views. There is a train but it is pretty far away. Normally we don't even hear it. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Hike Dog Canyon if you are up for a climb or drive up to Cloudcroft for a hike and lunch at Dave's.
Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $24.00
Spacious and open, gravel site with a fire ring, picnic table and patio. Windy, windy, windy. Camper rocked every night from the gusts, but the location, views, and peacefulness were beyond compare. We were on the highest point, but heard others felt winds too. Hiked Dog Canyon trail to Lime Cabin. Strenuous but great up the side and of the Sacramento Mountains. 4500 to 5800 elevation. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Hike, see White Sands, visit Cloudcroft and Three Rivers.
Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 36
Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $14.00
Incredible views up against a mountain and overlooking the valley! Sites are indeed square and a little difficult to get into, but they are well-spread out and private, and all have terrific views. Water and electric are located at the back of sites, not at the side, so you might need longer cords and hoses, depending on how you choose to park. I was lucky to get one of the perfectly level sites, which was nice. I backed in parallel to the road and so the rear of my rig was near the hookups, which worked out fine. Very pretty desert setting overall. There is a small visitor center and several hiking paths, plus a small cactus garden. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.
Close to White Sands National Monument. Don't miss it and make sure you go hiking barefoot! Soft sand feels wonderful on your feet.
Review Count: 110
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $14.00
As stated by others, many of the sites are not level. We could not get level in a couple of them with 3" of blocks. While the sites are good size and well separated, many are almost square and a long rig is hard to position. We had to block the road while unhooking and hooking up. Some sites have covered picnic tables while others do not. As stated by others, the power voltage was low and the park was not near full. Some of the power pedistals were out of order. All the pedistals appeared to be old and only 30 amp. There was a notice in the restroom/shower building that they would be making repairs to the electrical system soon. This park is not nearly as nice as most of the other New Mexico State Parks that we have stayed at. If you have pets, keep an eye open for rattlesnakes. We saw our first one within the first 2 hours that we were in the campground. It was sunning itself right on the edge of the road in loop A. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 108
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 27
Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $14.00
This is a great park just south of the city of Alamogordo, NM. It's a state park with about 10 or so first come first served sites with the rest being reserved through reserveamerica. We went in without a reservation on a Monday a.m. and found a great site with water and electricity. Leveling can be a problem in some of the sites. The views of 100's of miles of desert in one direction and the mountains in the other are amazing. The campground is on the side of a mountain so we're literally looking over the top of the camper below us and he's quite a distance away. The personnel at the desk were great. This park is definitely good for a 2-3 day stay if not more. One of our favorites so far in a 9 month trip. Verizon MiFi good. 3 bars of 4G on cell phone. TV good on antenna. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.
There are a number of things to do in the area, i.e., hikes, museums, pistachio farms, etc. White Sands National Monument not far off.
Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 9
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $14.00
Close to White Sands, south a ways from Alamogordo, backed up to Apache tribal land.
Great separation of sites, grand view as the camp is elevated up a mountain side.
And the stars at night, the stars... We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 111
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 11
Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $10.00
We stay at this park at least once a year. Only a few of the sites with water and hookups are on the reservation system and they aren't the best sites so we don't make reservations. We try to get there before 4 PM and usually score a site with hookups. This time we didn't. But there were plenty of dry camping sites. We got an excellent site with terrific views. We were only there for one night so it was no big deal. This park has become very popular since it was put on the review site so if hookups are essential for your camping experience make a reservation. Otherwise take the chance. If the electric/water sites are all full go to the dry sites. If you are staying more than one night you can generally get one of the non reserveable electric sites in the morning when people start leaving. The $10 rate is for dry camping. NOTE TO TENTERS--Except for weekends, holidays and spring break you probably won't need reservations. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Visit the village of Cloudcroft on top of the mountain. Hike in the Lincoln National Forrest--there are 77 hiking trails in Cloudcroft.
Review Count: 300
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 63
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $14.00
We actually only paid $4 per night for a 30 amp service site and water since we purchased an annual pass. When we stayed the park was very quiet since there were fewer than a dozen other campers. The park is wonderfully dark at night so that you can see the amazing night sky. Our site was very level, but many of the sites are very unlevel. A few of the sites are reservation sites but most are first-come. We had very strong Verizon with 4G. Satellite was not a problem since there are no trees. Our electric service was fairly low voltage but it never got low enough that our power management system cut power ; it might be a problem if the park were full and everyone was using an AC. There is a short nature trail and a long, hard hike up to the mesa top. The park is a ways outside of Alamogordo, but still close enough to be convenient. It makes a good base for visiting White Sands National Monument. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 31
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $14.00
We stayed one night. The park is in a beautiful setting overlooking the Tularosa Valley and close to White Sands National Monument. Most of the pull-through spots are by reservation, as the non-reservation spots are smaller, but satisfactory as back-ins. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.
The Visitors Center has lots of information about the history, geology and flora & fauna of the area. There are walking trails, some with interpretive panels.
The Dog Canyon hiking trail is an excellent, though difficult, trail. Most people only hike out to the line cabin and back. The steepest and most difficult part of the hike is beyond the cabin but the views are amazing. The full round-trip hike was 12.25 miles from our campsite and took us 9 hours. Be sure to visit White Sands National Monument while you are there.jprisbe • April 2017
Great visitor center with lots of history. Definitely do the hiking trails if your up to it.cmegna • October 2016
Hike Dog Canyon if you are up for a climb or drive up to Cloudcroft for a hike and lunch at Dave's.NT2013 • April 2016
Hike, see White Sands, visit Cloudcroft and Three Rivers.Bucket List • February 2016
Close to White Sands National Monument. Don't miss it and make sure you go hiking barefoot! Soft sand feels wonderful on your feet.judy_online • November 2015
There are a number of things to do in the area, i.e., hikes, museums, pistachio farms, etc. White Sands National Monument not far off.smitty12 • May 2015
Visit the village of Cloudcroft on top of the mountain. Hike in the Lincoln National Forrest--there are 77 hiking trails in Cloudcroft.NT2013 • April 2015
The Visitors Center has lots of information about the history, geology and flora & fauna of the area. There are walking trails, some with interpretive panels.morsev • January 2015
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