New Mexico

Dog Canyon Trail

Follows Dog Canyon to east towards Sacramento Mts. Gain of 3,130 ft. Passes through examples of Chihuahuan desert, canyon riparian and woodland environments.

photo: Dog Canyon Trail headed east.

Length: 5.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
     Day-Use Fee for hiking the trail from the State Park - $5.00 per vehicle.

Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: The Lower Trailhead is located at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, 14 miles south of Alamogordo, New Mexico. The Upper Trailhead is located on Forest Road 90B, 21 miles south of High Rolls, New Mexico.
State(s): New Mexico
Counties: Otero
Longitude: -105.91447
Latitude: 32.74808

Driving Directions

To reach the lower trailhead, begin in the southern part of Alamogordo at US 70 and US 54 intersection just west of the overpass. Drive US 54 south 8.7 miles to the signed junction for Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Turn left and follow paved County Road A 016 east 4.0 miles to the park. Pay the self service fee at the entrance and park near the visitor center. The signed trail starts at the northeast corner of the building.
To reach the upper trailhead, a high clearance vehicle is mandatory. In High Rolls, begin at the junction of US 82 and Forest Road 90, also signed West Side Road and County Road A 061. Drive 18.0 miles south on FR 90, a sometimes rutty and muddy road, to the signed FR 90B junction. Turn right and follow FR 90B south 2.8 miles to the signed upper trailhead at a dry earthen tank, both on the left. It is recommended walking FR 90B, because of its rough conditions.


Trail #106: The National Recreation Dog Canyon Trail is 5.5 miles long. It begins at Oliver Lee State Park and ends at Forest Road 90B. This beautiful trail traverses up from the desert to elevations over 2000' above its starting point and is a trail for the experienced hiker. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Other
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 30%
Maximum Grade: 50%
Elevation Low Point: 4,420
Elevation High Point: 7,544
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Marcie Kelton
Natural Resources Staff
USDA Forest Service, Lincoln National Forest
Sacramento Ranger District
4 Lost Lodge Road
PO Box 288
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
(575) 682-2551
[email protected]



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