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This section of the website includes Lincoln County and the Cloudcroft area.  My first visit to the area, I spent two nights in the Ruidoso area.  I was on my way home from visiting in Hobbs.  In Cloudcroft, I wanted to view the historic railroad trestle.  In Lincoln County, the draw were the "ghost towns" of Lincoln and White Oaks, Fort Stanton, Smokey Bear Park, and Valley of the Fires Recreational Area.

Fort Stanton and Cloudcroft were the highlights of the tour, so they earn separate pages on the website.

Lincoln, NM

The town of Lincoln and Lincoln County, New Mexico figure prominently in the state's history. This is "Billy of the Kid" country. Sheriff Pat Garret was a well known figure in the history of Lincoln County and New Mexico.

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White Oaks, NM

The "ghost town"of White Oaks in about 10 miles Northeast of Carrizozo, NM off US 54.  There is a large, 2-story school house that dominates the town.  The only business that I have heard about in the town is the "No Scup Allowed".  Signs say that the bar is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  I was there on a Tuesday, so was not able to check out the place.

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Smokey Bear Historic Park

This state park is located in the town of Capitan, along US-380, about 20 mile North of Ruidoso. Smokey was rescued in the area, and became the "spokesman"  for preventing forest fires.  Smokey spent most of his life at the zoo in Washington, DC.  When the bear died, we was returned to the area where he was originally located.  He is buried at the Historic Park.

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Valley of Fires Recreation Area

This recreation area is not to be confused to the Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas, NV.  The Nevada state park gets it's name from the red rocks that are predominate in the area.  Valley of Fires Recreation Area (New Mexico) gets it name for the volcanic activity in the area.  The recreation area is a BLM fee area.  Even with my Senior National Park Pass, the day-use fee was 1/2 of the normal fee (no free ride, here).  There is a visitor's center in the recreation area.

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