Smokey Bear Historical Park
Smokey Bear Historical Park is the home of Smokey Bear's final resting place with indoor and outdoor exhibits on black bears and forestry. Completed in 1979, the Park was established to honor Captain's favorite son Smokey, the little bear cub that was found with burned paws after a 17,000-acre forest fire in 1950 on the Capitan Mountains near Capitan, New Mexico. After living in the National Zoo in Washington D.C. for 26 years, Smokey passed away and was returned to the Village of Capitan to be buried at what is now the Smokey Bear Historical Park.
A ten minute movie begins the tour. Exhibits on the history of the fire prevention program, black bears, forest health, fire ecology, wildland/urban interface and fire safety are offered. The Park is a two acre stroll with handicap accessibility through the replicated climate zones of New Mexico. Smokey's grave is located in a serene corner of the Park, much like the Capitan Mountains where he was found. Spring,Summer and Fall offer a variety of native birds and wildflowers.
There is a Village playground for kids with a fire tower, climbing wall, fire engine and swings. Adjacent to the playground are picnic tables and restrooms for the visitor's convenience.
Smokey Bear Historical Park is day-use only. It is open daily from 9-5. Admission is $2 for adults & $1 for kids 7-12, 6 & under are free. Only service dogs are allowed at the Park.
Don't miss Smokey Bear Days, a festive celebration held annually on the first weekend in May.