OLSP Dog Canyon Nature Walk [CLOSED]

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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

OLSP Dog Canyon Nature Walk is a 0.7 mile loop trail located near Alamogordo, New Mexico and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 101 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

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closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

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2 months ago

The description of this trail here isn't quite accurate. The trail USED to be a loop of about a half mile. The boardwalk mentioned was destroyed in a flood in 2006. The loop was rebuilt without the boardwalk but big chunks of the lower part of the trail were taken out in a flood in 2008. What's left is very short but very pretty. You can explore upstream beyond the end of the trail. The visitor center now accepts credit/debit cards 9am-4pm. I hope this helps. Right now the leaves are just beginning to come back on the cottonwoods. Spring blooms soon!

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Mon Apr 08 2019

Camped here, beautiful spot. Looking forward to trying the longer trail, but when I was here I had just kicked my own butt at White Sands so just took the short loop to explore briefly.

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Fri Mar 22 2019

Too short, not much to see.

Thu Dec 27 2018

nice trail, but very short. A much longer, more difficult trail launches from this same area. Looking forward to trying that one next.

Mon Oct 29 2018

I loved this trail , it's an easy pleasant hike. You can take a mostly shaded stroll on a hot day or step it up and use it as a conditioning excersize. The slightly rocky dry river bed (not dry June thru sept) helped me get my footing skills back after foot surgery. Oliver Lee state park is a nice backdrop and there are usually other visitors in the area.

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Mon Sep 17 2018

I went out on a Friday afternoon. Very peaceful little trail. I camped out at the location as well. This area has a fascinating history!

Mon Apr 16 2018

I couldn't go on the trail because you have to pay cash or check and I only pay with card majority of the time so remember to bring cash or check!!

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Sun Mar 25 2018

The lower part of the trail has been washed out in frequent flooding so pieces are missing. If you don't mind scrambling over rocks you can still easily find your way around the loop. Honestly, the best part is to venture upstream and boulder hop as far as you're comfortable. There are nice pools and great shade. I really love this trail! It's a hidden oasis in the desert.

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Fri Dec 22 2017

This is a very easy but pretty walk along an arroyo. good views of cottonwood trees.

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Mon Jun 12 2017

The loop is pretty simple and a great warmup. I really recommend heading up the canyon off the loop. There are some nice water areas and enough folks have ventured up so there is a good path. Plus in the canyon there is a lot of shade which is quite nice for the area.

Mon Nov 21 2016

Very nice trail for a New Mexico desert hike. In spring and autumn are water in the canyon.

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Thu Mar 06 2014

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 .

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4 months ago

recorded OLSP Dog Canyon Nature Walk

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