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Where: Dog Canyon
Oliver Lee State Park, NM
The Las Cruces hikers will meet at the K-mart on North Main at 8:00 am and will carpool from there. El Paso hikers will meet at the N.E. Wal-mart on Trans-mountain at 8:00 am and will carpool from there. Both groups will then meet up at the Ranger Station and trailhead at 9:15 am. There is a State Park fee of $5.00 per car.
Dog Canyon Trail:
The 6 mile Dog Canyon Trail provides a challenging hike with breathtaking views of the surrounding Tularosa basin desert landscape, White Sands, and the Organ and San Andreas Mountains. About half way up, you reach the cabin built by a rancher many years ago, providing a historical element to the hike. If you hike all the way to the top, you have climbed the western escarpment of the Sacramento Mountains, getting an excellent workout.
Length of hike: 6 miles
Skill level: Difficult
From Alamogordo, take U.S. 54 south. After about 12.6 miles, a sign indicates the left turn to the park This road ends at the Ranger Station.
From El Paso, take U.S. 54 North. After about 70 miles, a sign indicates the right hand turn to the park and the Ranger Station.