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Smokey Bear Historical Park, Capitan

#56 of 234 in Parks in New Mexico
Must see · Park · Nature / Park
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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  • a love affair with Smokey for over 60 years, his story will touch the child in you at any age, walk the grounds, way cool ranger, and admire all nature has to offer, thanks Smakey  more »
  • We love coming here whenever we're in the neighbourhood. The staff are always super friendly and sweet with our young kids. Our daughter loves colouring in the museum building and playing at the playground behind the grounds.
  • Completed the junior ranger program with my kids, earning them a very cool patch. Very informative. We were rushed for other reasons and would definitely go back when time permits! Took my 3, 6, 10, 11 year old, all were entertained

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