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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.
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.Undo
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $14.00
What a beautiful place to stay. The rate doesn't include the 10$ 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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $4.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $12.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $14.00
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.Undo
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
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
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