Smokey Bear Historical Park, Capitan

#53 of 236 in Parks in New Mexico
When they know that the living symbol of fire prevention, Smokey Bear, was getting close to the end of his long life. The citizens of Capitan petitioned to have Smokey brought back to Capitan, where he was found in a fire. In the early morning hours he was buried at what is now Smokey Bear Historical Park. The Park consists of a museum with exhibits about Smokey Bear and his beginnings. There is a 10 minute video showcasing the scenery in the Lincoln County area and talking about Smokey. Additional exhibits include fire ecology, watershed health and importance, about living in a fire adapted ecosystem. When you enter the Park area it presents the climated zones of New Mexico. Native trees, shrubs and wildflowers can be experienced.A short leisurely stroll will bring you to Smokey's grave. Yes, he died and yes he's buried there, but Smokey lives on with us and shares his very valuable message of wildfire prevention. Within the area is a play ground with a climbing wall, fire tower, fire truck, swings, picnic tables and restrooms. All of this with the Smokey theme. If you are wanting to host a small event, such as a wedding, there is also an aphitheater that sits next to the pond.

Whether you reliving your memories or beginning new ones with your family, your are sure to enjoy our true New Mexican, Smokey Bear.
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  • First, because I've noticed in a couple different places, there is a Gift Shop/Museum with memorabilia and a Historical Park Visitors Center/Museum; these are 2 different things! They are right next t...  more »
  • This is a small museum but packed with info. Learn the whole back story of Smokey Bear, what happened to him and how he became the 'spokesperson' for fire education and safety. This museum also provid...  more »
  • Very neat place to stop! Adults and children will enjoy this informative and educational spot. There is an indoor/outdoor area and both are interesting. The inside is geared around Smokey’s story. I love this story and did not know there was a real Smokey. The outside has name plates for different vegetation and tree species so if you love to learn this kid of stuff you won’t want to miss out. Be sure to go through the gift shop and show your support!
  • I grew up with Smokey Bear and saw lots of ads with him on Saturday morning TV. "I love Smokey Bear!" and "Only YOU can prevent forest fires" are part of my core memories, but I actually learned a couple things. The park itself is small, but pleasant. The museum is also small, although the exhibits are sufficient to tell Smokey's story plus some activities for children, and the short film is well done. It doesn't require a large investment of time or money, so it merits a visit even if you are only slightly interested in fire safety or the bear.

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