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Founded in the 1890's, incorporated in
1941, the Village retains it's small town,
western heritage. Buried on the grounds
of the Smokey Bear Historical Park is
Capitan's most famous resident, Smokey Bear, the badly singed black bear cub
was rescued from a a 17,000 acre fire in
the Capitan Mountains. Surrounded by the tall pines of the Lincoln National Forest, Capitan is ideally located in the heart of historic Lincoln County. Home to 1,500 residents, the Village is situated between the Capitan and Sacramento Mountains at an elevation of 6,530 feet. Hardly a day goes by without brilliant sunshine, cooled by the brisk mountain air. Ideally located, Capitan does not lack for amemities. The Village boasts a fully-stocked grocery, a bank, a clinic, soon to be expanded, several art galleries featuring the artists of Lincoln county and a full-service library completely staffed by volunteers.

Smokey Bear Days
1st Weekend in May
Friday Night: DJ & Karaoke Competition - Cash Prizes. Sponsored by the Capitan Chamber
Saturday: There always plenty of fun for children and fire prevention activities for all ages. Events
include an arts, crafts and gifts market, Smokey Bear memorabilia, food & drink vendors, and chainsaw
carving Free live entertainment will be provided at Smokey Bear Historical Park all day and Street Dance Saturday night.

Smokey Bear Stampede & Rodeo July 4th Weekend
Chamber 4th of July Parade - Smokey Bear Stampede & Calf Scramble - Cowboy Ranch Rodeo -
Youth Ranch Rodeo - Nightly Western Swing Dance - Fireworks Display - 10K & 2 Mile Smokey Bear Fun Run
Help Restore the Historic Capitan Depot.
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