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Intro to Canyoneering: Lawson Steppes! Dog Canyon

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The Las Cruces group will be departing from Kmart at 8:30. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to arrange carpooling. If you are not meeting the group at Kmart please state in the comments where you will be meeting the group.

This is a cross post with the Alamogordo Hiking group:

The Plan: Later start... Easy Pace up easier canyon.

Nice Picnic...

Return via the Dog Canyon trail ...or for those wanting a bit more, descend one of the other cuts...

... or... hike down the trail then head back up to enjoy Lawson Springs...

The idea is to enjoy a much easier day and to give those who have not tried the challenge of an off trail Canyoneering route a nicer introduction.

The Dog Canyon drainage offers a variety of hiking opportunities other than the trail... a lot of our routings might be a bit too challenging... this one is not! At least for the hikers looking to step up their game just a bit!

For those wishing to head over and enjoy this alternative entry to Dog Canyon... from the camping loop... hike south and east to the first obvious cut... and enjoy!


Oliver Lee Park requires an entry fee to park, $5 per vehicle.

Not for Beginners... unless they want to challenge themselves just a bit!?

Off Trail... Class I Canyoneering. Bring Gloves!

Afterwards: We may go to lunch somewhere in Alamogordo.

Please do not apply perfume, colognes, scents of any kind or you will be asked to hike 30 feet to the rear of the group.

If you are also a member of the Good Times group, please only RSVP on one of the sites (either Jornada or GT).

If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone" ( If this bothers you, please donate to the ACLU ( and harass your congress critters (; otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties.

***Caution/Disclaimer: Each individual hiker is responsible for their own personal safety/health and of their guests when participating in Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club activities. The organizers of Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club and the Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club are not liable for any illness, injury, accident, mechanical break-down, or unforeseen acts that may occur while you participate going to, during, or after any activity. If you have a medical condition that may be aggravated by any kind of physical activity you must make your own personal decision about attending and not hold any of the volunteer organizers liable. All organizers are volunteers and are not compensated during any activity.***
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Hwy 70 & Telshor Blvd, Take I-25, Exit 6 · Las Cruces, NM
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