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Capitan Mountains Wilderness
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Year - 1992

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Capitan Mountain Wilderness was placed in the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1980. It contains about 35,000 acres and lies entirely within the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. The wilderness is approximately 12 miles long and ranges in width from 2 to 6 miles. This small mountain range is unique in that it is one of the few ranges that run from the east to the west. The north sides of the Wilderness is comprised of steep rocky slopes with numerous canyons. The main ridge has a number of meadows. The south face of the range has many large rock outcrops. Capitan Peak, Chimney Rock and Sunset Peak are all located in this area. Elevation ranges from 6,500 feet on the east side to 10,083 feet at Capitan Peak. Summit Peak just outside the Wilderness is 10,179 feet. The lower stretches of this area are comprised of pinyon-juniper woodland. Mid-slopes are generally wooded with ponderosa pine and pinyon. The main ridge top has mixed conifers including Douglas fir, Engleman Spruce, Corkbark Fir, and Ponderosa Pine. There are also several good-sized Aspen groves.
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