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EL CAPITAN. El Capitan, the southernmost promontory of the Guadalupe Mountains in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, is three miles southwest of Pine Springs in northwestern Culberson County (at 31°53' N, 104°51' W). With an elevation of 8,085 feet above sea level, its rises 2,400 feet above Pine Springs. Its name, Spanish for "captain," signifies its commanding position.


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"EL CAPITAN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.