OLSP Dog Canyon Nature Walk is a 0.7 mile loop trail located near Alamogordo, NM and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Short hike along ashaded canyon stream - Picnic area. From the trailhead, proceed east into the canyon. You will intersect a boardwalk that takes you over the stream and deeper into the canyon. When you have seen enough, return down the boardwalk. Watch for the place where you intersect the lower trail. Stay right on the lower trail to the picnic area. There are picnic benches under the trees along the stream. Continue west on the trail until you reach the T turning south past Frenchy's cabin ruins. Follow this trail to return to the start.
This is an enjoyable hike along the dry river bed with a small stream and the historical cabin ruins of Frenchie. We took this short hike on a March morning before the heat of the day hit. There are a lot of loose rock and overhanging trees that provided much welcome shade. It is a good warm up before you try the much more challenging Dog Canyon trail with very little incline. Beware of the wildlife in the area .