Encinoso is a settlement on NM-246, on the North side of the Capitan Mountains. In 1915, R.A. Durn and Sam Farmer settled here, opening a general store and establishing a settlement, which they named for a stand of oak trees (encino is Spanish for oak). Early travelers to and from the territorial capital of Santa Fe often stopped in this area, especially since a spring 1.5 miles away supplied copious water.
The community thrived briefly and was large enough to warrant building a school.
Today, only a single residence (a trailer that is inhabited; we did not photograph this out of respect for the owner) remains.