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“The final resting place of Smokey Bear”
When the real-life Smokey Bear died in 1976, he was returned home to New Mexico. Since 1979, visitors have been able to pay their respects to the little bear cub who lived at Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, two-and-a-half hours southeast of Albuquerque. In addition to Smokey’s gravesite, the park includes exhibits about wildfire prevention, forest health, and New Mexico’s natural resources. There’s also a small museum and gift shop, playground, and picnic area.
In the small town of Capitan, there is a motel, restaurant, and grocery store named for the hometown hero. Smokey’s grave is marked by a carved wooden bear cub and plaque; it’s set along a shady path that includes Smokey statues, hand painted signs, and colorful wildflowers. The cub may have had a traumatic childhood, but Smokey’s final resting place is a peaceful respite from the road, a fitting tribute to an accidental icon.
The Smokey Bear Historical Site is an indoor museum that opens at 9am with all things related to Smokey Bear history, wildfires and forest health. It's a $2 entry fee for ages 13 and older, $1 for... Read more
This is a great little park to learn the history of Smokey Bear and see his final resting place. There is a small entrance fee (I think $2 each for adults- my 14 yo was an adult). There is a small... Read more
What a wonderful, hidden gem! Once again, we were very happy with our experience here at Smoky the Bear, museum, and park. My children just love all of the activities in the information. The... Read more
Smokey Bear Historical Park
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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