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Preserving our unique western heritage

Ideally located in the heart of historic Lincoln County New Mexico, Capitan is home to 1,400 friendly residents. A growing residential community and surrounded by cattle ranches, the Village of Capitan, is nestled between the Capitan and Sacramento Mountains at an elevation of 6,530 feet. Enjoy a temperate climate, days filled with beautiful New Mexico sunshine cooled by the brisk mountain breeze. The resort town of Ruidoso, with skiing in the winter, horse racing in the summer, and the Museum of the Horse, is only 21 miles away on State Highway 48. The historic town of Lincoln where the infamous Billy the Kid made his last escape is only 12 miles east on U. S. Highway 380. The thriving Artistic community of Carrizozo is located 20 miles west of Capitan.



Village waste management

Poly-carts need to be placed at the proper location by 6:00 AM

Every Wednesday - Roll off opens at 4:30 PM for large items


Emergency Numbers

If you have any kind of emergency, please dial 911. In any non-emergency situation, if you need the Police, Animal Control, or Code Enforcement for any reason, please call the Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s Department – 575-354-2154
1-800-687-2419 OR 1-575-648-2341


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