Description - Set amidst this harsh landscape is a quiet green oasis, where water flows year-round and ferns cling to the sides of mossy rocks. This area, known as Dog Canyon, is one of many deep ravines that slice the west-facing flank of the Sacramento Mountains in southern New Mexico.
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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park features historical exhibits and a fully restored 19th century ranch house. Park amenities include restrooms and showers. Camping facilities include 44 developed sites, some with electricity. The park is comprised of 200 acres of land and sits at an elevation of 4,300 feet.
- The park's namesake, Oliver Milton Lee (1865-1941) had one of the most colorful careers in New Mexico history. Life of late 19th century settlers can be experienced through the guided tours of Oliver Lee's ranch headquarters. The ranch has been restored and authentically furnished, providing visitors with a taste of Lee's residency at the ranch.
Flowing water and abundant plants and animals in Dog Canyon attracted both prehistoric and historic inhabitants to the area. Historic Apache used the steep canyon as a stronghold, particularly in the 19th century conflicts with the United States militia.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking on trails, and viewing wildlife.
Climate - Annual precipitation is 11.57 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 62 to highs around 90. Winter temps range from lows of 25 degrees to highs around 53.
Oliver Lee State Park is located near the Sacramento Mts. It lies just south of Alamogorda, NM off of Highway 54.