Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
|Oliver Lee State Park has history, an amazing diversity of desert plants, flowing water and the plants and animals associated with it, and a great hike into the Lincoln National Forest. While this campground is probably quite hot in the summertime, most any other time would be an excellent time to visit.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||10.||10.||10. Over repeated trips, we have never found more than two small pieces of litter.|
|OLVRLEECG||Campground||Oliver Lee Memorial State Park|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts||US Forest Service||2007||1:126720||N||From the National Forest Store (purchase)||Sacramento Ranger District|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
From Alamogordo, take US 54 south from the point where it crosses US 70. After about 12.6 miles, a sign indicates the left turn to the park. This road dead-ends after about 3.9 miles at the park.
About the campground:
As you can see from this photo taken from the Dog Canyon trail, the campground consists of two loops. The camp sites are spaced far enough apart to be quiet, even though there was a troop of Boy Scouts nearby one night.
Some of the campsites (such as site 14) have sun shelters. As you can imagine, these sites are the first to be claimed in the summer.
The view west from the campground includes White Sands and the Organ and San Andreas Mountains. Sunrise (as seen here) on the mountains is beautiful, and the sun sets on the nearby Sacramento mountains (see the photo at the very top of this page for an example).
One of the reasons to visit this campground is because of the plants. Cactus such as this Turk's head bloom in the campground. Additionally, the park has a garden where a wide selection of identified native plants grow. Note that the cactus in the park and the nearby national forest are protected and must be enjoyed on-site.
In addition to the diversity of plants, we also saw many species of birds.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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