Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

     


Alamogordo, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 437-8284

Sites: 44
Avg. Rate: $13

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Latitude: 32.7475794711222
Longitude: -105.918846130371

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 20
  • Good 8
  • Average 1
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

29 Reviews

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katinfoco

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice state park overlooking Alamogordo. Great price for water and electric. There are not many sites with water and electric so reservations may be needed during peak season. There are lots of dry camping sites with access to water and restrooms close by. Would stay here again. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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NT2013

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We camp here twice a year. We love the privacy, views and the price. This place is a real bargain. Actually it is by the side of a mountain but it is easy to get into; roads are wide and paved and sites are roomy for vehicles under 30 feet. Those larger can get in most sites but it may take a little work. Like most public parks sites aren't perfectly level,however, in the 5 years I have been camping here I have never had any trouble getting level. Park is well maintained. This is a great place to stay for a night or a week. You won't be able to beat the price anywhere else in the area. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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BJ Snowbird

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
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I would have given this park a 10, except that it is built on a hill, so the sites are not level, and most were too small to accommodate our 32 foot 5th wheel. We arrived early on a weekday; there were lots of spots available but only two that we could get into. There was a wonderful cactus garden with the hedgehogs in bloom and at least two dozen hummingbirds hanging out at the the visitor center feeders, as well as some great hikes. With the proximity of Alamogordo, our AT&T personal hotspot worked well. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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TheSchweitzers

Review Count: 159
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

What a beautiful place to stay. The rate doesn't include the 10$ reservation fee we needed to pay to make sure to have a site for our 34 foot 5th wheel. Most sites are smaller. But even with the reservation fee the overall value is very good. Far away from any traffic noise, well spaced sites with some desert greenery in between. Hookups are in the back, easy to connect. Site was a little unlevel but very well maintained. No Wi-Fi, but Verizon worked well. Unfortunately in spring, winds are strong and lots of dust in the air. Therefore, we couldn't enjoy the views into the desert or up the mountains. But we will come back sometimes in the future and stay for a few days, not only overnight. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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NT2013

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of my favorite parks. Great park for the money. This park is getting to be a popular overnight stop. Reservations are iffy because less than half the sites are on the reservation system. We never get reservations, but we try to get to the campground before 4PM. After 5PM on week days you can usually score a site if you are willing to dry camp. I believe the dry camp rate is $10, so it is still a bargain. You can claim a W/E site the next morning as people leave. Besides hikes and the Visitors Center, the ruins of Frenchie's cabin is a short walk from the campground. Unfortunately, someone murdered the hardworking Frenchman and the finger of suspicion pointed to Oliver Lee's hired gunman. It was never proven. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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gsnakehill

Review Count: 298
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a state park located 12 miles south of Alamogordo in the southern part of the state. It is located off of route 54 south about 12 miles south of Alamogordo and then another 4 miles on Dog Canyon Road. We were almost thinking of turning around because all we could see in front of us was a mountain and nothing else and then at the end of the road there was the campground. It is situated in a green oasis around the springs of Dog Canyon that is a deep ravine on the west facing flank of the Sacramento Mountains. There is a Visitor Center with exhibits and a mile away there are tours at 3 on weekends for the restored house of rancher Oliver Milton Lee. It seems Oliver was a Democrat and got into trouble with some Republicans. Pat Garrett tried to arrest him and there was a gun battle but he got away. Eventually he turned himself in. The campground has two loops and some of the sites you might have trouble getting level but we had site 1 and were able to get our 25ft RV level with the most beautiful views of the mountains behind us and the valley below. Some sites can be reserved and less than half of them have water and electric. There are some hiking trails - one about five miles up the canyon and then a pretty half mile hike down along the springs but beware of flash floods. The campground has a dump station, hot showers, interpretive programs, picnic, and wildlife viewing and modern restrooms It was not full on Saturday night but all the electric sites had been taken so you might want to reserve a site before you come. It was $14 for the site and on Reserve America another $10 for a transaction fee. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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abqtravler

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place, great views! Campsites are spread out so you do have privacy. Bathrooms are clean with two shower stalls. The only bad thing I can say is that the showers have no temperature control and is only lukewarm to cold water while showering. The hiking trails are nice and the visitor’s center has a lot of history about the area. The price reflects the New Mexico State Park camping pass. We will stay here again. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Chbronson

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

A basic but beautiful park. We stayed four nights there and can recommend it. The strenuous dog canyon trail is definitely worth hiking. It has stunning views. Showers and toilets were in very good shape and cleaned daily. Park is located on a hill and offers a very nice view of the valley. Its location makes it very quiet. Only slightly negative experience was that the dump station was out of order. Apart from that, definitely would come back here. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Mark & Dawn

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was used as just a "stopping point" for us on our way from White Sands. The area was fairly easy to find, but our GPS announced our arrival just as we passed by a BLM gate. This was actually the park's border, not the campground, so if the same happens to you, just keep going. We were able to find a spot that our 33' MH fit in with some jockeying, but none of the spots were level and we settled for close enough. There is a visitor center but it was closed when we were here due to lack of personnel. There is a one mile trail along a stream that was quite nice and had interpretive signs along the way. There were several sonic booms at dusk that evening that were a big surprise but according to another camper this happens a lot. Things were quite before 9:00pm and stayed that way all night. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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TNTRV

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Pros: Amazing view of the Dog Canyon mountain and the moon rising over it. There is a great, strenuous hiking trail into Dog Canyon, which is peaceful and isolated. We could hear the fighter jets taking off each morning from White Sands and the occasional sonic boom that would shake the RV (though some may consider a con). It's close to White Sands National Monument. It has an incredible low price, cannot be beat. The sites are large, ours was flat, but a few we saw were quite uneven. Cons: The showers are pretty useless. There is no temperature control on showers, and you have to keep pumping it for water. The water was cool to lukewarm, and the room was chilly. Also there were only 2 showers, and the nozzle was broken on one in the men room. Also, there are only a few sites you can reserve, all the others are first-come, first-served, though there were plenty of sites available when we visited. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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JimSC

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground right up against the mountains a little South of Alamogordo. Has a short, unmarked hiking trail that can be a little confusing. There is another trail that is very steep. Good Wi-Fi hot spot reception. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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NT2013

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the only great park in the area. However, it is 12 miles from town and the road to the park goes through a poor area. Don't panic, the park is very nice and safe. I have camped here twice. Keep in mind SW New Mexico is desert. There are no trees over ten feet tall. Views are terrific. The sites are mostly rectangular. The location of hitch-ups can be quirky. But they are easy to get into and fairly large. There is natural desert vegetation side to side. The park is clean. The visitors center is nice. Dog Canyon Hiking Trail is directly back of the visitor's center. The first .8 mile is almost straight up. After that, it is not too difficult if you are in fairly good shape. This park fills up on spring break and other holidays. Overnighters shouldn't have a problem getting a space during the week provided they arrive early. Late arrivals probably can get in, but may have to dry camp. This park is a great value. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Traveling man

Review Count: 61
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a quiet relaxing park, with nice sites. There are hiking trails, and good views of the surrounding countryside. It's a few minutes out of town, but not bad for exploring nearby towns. The restroom/showers were closed for remodeling when I was here, but there was an alternate restroom in the visitor center, and outhouse in the group camping area. The ranger was friendly, and stopped a couple times to keep me posted on the water system going down one of the days that I was here. Like many of the New Mexico State Parks it gets most of its visitors on the weekend, and was fairly empty during the week. Even when it filled up it didn't seem overly crowded however. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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BuckeyeTraveler

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Our favorite park in southern New Mexico. Roomy sites affording privacy. Amazing views in all directions. Wonderful for hiking. We stay here several times a year. Off the beaten path so noise is never an issue. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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rmlarson

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful: now we see what the fuss is all about! Astonishing views in every direction, mostly roomy sites with good privacy. There is a very pretty botanical garden, and excellent (challenging) hiking. Not too many sites with hook-ups: we considered ourselves lucky to get such a site, even during these 'off-peak' times. Many gorgeous non-electric sites; lots of sun so good for solar. The rest room w/showers will soon be remodeled, and maybe shut down for some time. Pit toilets will still be available. Remote location 12+ miles outside of Alamogordo, so get stocked up before you arrive. We would be happy to stay here again. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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