Our picnic table at Oliver Lee

A simply lovely campground nestled in the Sacramento Mountains in S.NM with views to take your breath away!

Link to campground here: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, NM
Link to map location here: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, NM

  1. Site Quality = 4.5/5
    Very nice sites here. Most are large, decently flat gravel sites with good separation, a selection of 30Amp/water and primitive, fire-pit and picnic table or shelter (depending on the site). Although only rated for max 35-foot several sites near the top (especially sites #2, 4) are very flat and amply large for big-rigs (do bring extension cords though since the hook-ups are on the front, right side). Sites near the bottom of the loop are in general smaller and more sloped. The big bonus is the views and almost all sites have outstanding 360 views with sunset right from the front window of your RV.
  2.  Facilities = 3.5/5
    The facilities are decent. Large bathrooms and showers, kept nicely clean. Shower pressure is decent and temperature good, but you do have the timer-buttons and those spray-type shower-heads.
  3. Location = 5/5
    I simply can’t imagine a nicer location for this area. The campground is nestled right up against the Sacramento Mountains with 360-degree views of both the mountains (in the back) and the valley (in the front). Access to hiking, nature trail, lovely visitor center and shopping not too far in Alamogordo. Easy 1/2 hour drive to White Sands Monument. On-site dump station.
  4. Pet Friendliness = 5/5
    Great doggie park. Lots of space to hang out and plenty of trails (incl. the strenuous 5.5 mile Dog Canyon hike). Access to splash in a bit of water by the stream on the nature trail too.

Overall Rating = 4.5
BONUS ALERT =
 Camp with 360-degree views in the Sacramento Mountains!

Summary: We loved this campground and were absolutely blown away by the views! Nestled beautifully at the base of the Sacramento mountains, the sites are tiered so you’ll get an almost perfect view of the mountains in the back and sides with full valley (and sunset) view in the front. Although “officially” rated for 35-max, you can definitely fit bigger in here and our 40-footer was amply comfortable in site #2 (which we also deemed one of the nicest sites in the campground, by the way). All sites are well-separated, gravel surface with picnic table, fire-pit and selection of 30Amp/water or primitive. Upper sites are, in general larger and more flat than some of the lower-loop sites. A few have shelters too. Location is perfect for visiting White Sands and nearby Alamogordo. Overall we had a blast hiking the trails, soaking in the views, oohing at sunsets and just relaxing in the shadow of the gorgeous mountains. A wonderful campground and I’d recommend it for everyone.

 Extra Info:  Verizon full signal both for smartphone and aircard. Sites cost $10/night for developed (non hook-up), $14/night for water/electric (30 Amp). Camping fees can be covered with New Mexico Annual Camping Permit. 7 sites reservable, other 37 first-come-first-serve. On-site dump station.

View of one of upper sites (#4)

View of one of smaller, more uneven sites in lower loop (#12)

View of site with shelter (#18)

Front view of our site (#2)

View from side of our RV (site #1 in back left)

View from top of campground loop (our RV on left #2, site #3 behind it)

Another view from top of loop (site #3 on left, #5 on right in back)

View upwards from bottom of loop (site #20 on left, #21 on right)

View down side of campground (Site #30, 28 front to back). These are smaller sites.

Aerial view of campground from Dog Canyon trail

9 Responses to SP Campground Review – Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Alamogordo, NM

  1. Terry & Linda says:

    Good campground! Great pictures! We love New Mexico and all of the southwest states. Keep the post coming. Thanks.

  2. Welcome to Hitch Itch. My husband and I are both on there Jorge and Evielynne. We have never been to New Mexico. It’s on our bucketlist for the next couple of years to visit. A new fan to your blog and wanted to welcome you to Hitch Itch!!
    Happy Easter…
    Evielynne

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Evielynne,
      What a great discovery! Just clicked on Hitch Itch and very excited to see all the links there. Looks like a great resource for all things RV-related.
      Very honored to be on the list too.
      Nina

  3. [...] Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, NM -> Nestled in the Sacramento Mountains you have a fully open view of the valley with the mountains behind you. Oh, and sunset out your window too! [...]

  4. Debby says:

    Hi there! We are doing a bit of your trip but backwards (west to east) & I was wondering why you didn’t take the 25/85 hwy from Las Cruces up to Truth or Consequences – you went to Deming and then up to TorC – Is it a bad road? Thanks – love your mapping@@

    • libertatemamo says:

      Debby,
      Well we spent some time puttering around the west of NM before we headed back to the center. So, at the time we drove to TorC we were coming from visiting Gila (camping near Mimbres) and driving east to TorC. The most direct path from there would have been directly across Hwy 152, but that’s a non-passable route for our size (it has several tunnels). So instead we cut down to Demming and across via State Road 26 to hook up to the 25/85 at Hatch.
      No problems w/ 25/.85…it’s a fine road.
      Nina

  5. Boy am I glad you have a search option on your site. :) We’ve been dying a slow death in these parks near the interstate & need some scenery. I went to reserve america & saw the 35 foot restriction & almost cried. So glad you mentioned you were here, and fit! The only site available is #1 but I think we’ll risk it.

    • libertatemamo says:

      I think you’ll be OK in Site#1. If I recall it doesn’t have the wide-open view of site#2, but it was relatively big and still very nice. Those top sites are fairly large. If you can’t fit, for any reason, there were most definitely a couple of spots further down near bottom (in the first-come-first-serve section) which are more uneven, but big enough.
      Nina

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