|Hike Name:||Oliver Lee State Park|
|Directions:||Head south from Alamogordo via US 54 for 12 miles. Turn left (East) on Oliver Lee State Park Road. Drive East 5 miles.|
|Total Hike Distance:||13.60 miles|
|Hike Type:||In and Out, Backtrack Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Oliver Lee Visitor's Center|
|Trails Used:||Eyebrow Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Streams, Springs|
|Management:||State Park Service|
|Best Season:||Winter, Summer, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||This is an interesting hike through one of southern New Mexico's more interesting areas. Oliver Lee was a successful and controversial character in New Mexico history. He is suspected of killing a judge and his son, and is also probably responsible for the killing of "Frenchy" Rochas, who originally owned the property now in the park. Frenchy built a samll house, and had cattle and fruti orchards at the mouth of Dog Canyon. After m,any years in htis location, Frenchy was killed by unknown attackers in his small house, remains of which may still be seen. After his death, Oliver Lee took possession of the area and its water. Lee used the water for his own cattle, and bult a 100,000 gallon tank to store it in. Remians of Lee's original water collection system are still visible.
Two hikes are possible. One covers only about 1 1/2 miles, and moves up a boardwalk directly up the streambed. The other follows the Eyebrow Trail, which snakes up out of the canyon bottom and follows the ridge all the way to the canyon head, where there are the remains of a line cabin from the Lee ranching days. This is a fun hike, and the area is never crowded. This hike travels through the Lincoln National Forest, and evernight or longer hikes can be made in almost any direction.