It's been getting pretty warm here at Oliver Lee state Park getting into the mid-80s in the daytime. I don't mind that because the nights are still cool, but it's been kind of breezy which I'm never thrilled about.
There's a little Museum at the visitor center here at the Park which shows some of the history of the area, which as you might guess is mostly, Indians, US Calvary, and ranching.
The Park is named after Oliver Lee a rancher who owned a lot of this area and I believe donated the land to the state. The Park is located at the mouth of Dog Canyon which is like an oasis in the desert. Water runs through the bottom of dog Canyon so both ancient and modern people have been living here for a long time.
Walking into the Canyon for only a couple hundred feet is like a different world compared to where we are all camped in the park, there's large shade trees, things are green, and there's a tiny Creek running through the bottom that makes all that possible.
The US Calvary fought many battles in and around Dog Canyon with the Mescalero Apache. Apparently the Apache knew that Dog Canyon was not only a good place to hide where you could find food and water but was also a great place to ambush anyone coming after you, as the Calvary found out on several occasions.
Since the Apaches spent so much time in Dog Canyon I have to assume that they bought the annual New Mexico state Park pass like I just did or it would've been too expensive to camp here for very long.