Welcome to Smokey Bear Historical Park!

Capitan, New Mexico - The Birthplace of Smokey Bear

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Under the current New Mexico COVID-19 public health order, only New Mexico residents are allowed as guests at Smokey Bear Historical Park. Protocols, including social distancing guidelines of 6 feet, face masks, and groups of five people or less, must be followed at all times. Visitors are required to have either a valid New Mexico license plate, New Mexico driver's license or ID card, New Mexico vehicle registration, a federal document attesting to residency, or a military ID to enter. We can only accept cash at this time, and guests are encouraged to have exact change to limit contact before entering the park.

The visitor's center will remain closed until further notice. The Governor's latest announcement can be found here. We appreciate your continued patience. We'll get through this together!

Smokey Bear Gravesite    

In 1976, Smokey Bear Historical Park was established to honor Capitan's favorite son, Smokey Bear.  Nearly three decades earlier, Smokey was an orphaned little bear cub with burned paws, found in the aftermath of the Capitan Gap wildfire. Smokey Bear rose to fame as an icon for forest fire prevention and he lived in Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo for 26 years.  When he passed away, the famous black bear was laid to rest in his hometown.  His burial site is a special place within the Smokey Bear Historical Park. 

The park is a true celebration of Smokey's legacy!  At the visitors center, guests can find fascinating exhibits about forest health, wildfires, the science of fire ecology and a historical look at wildfire prevention.  The theater features a short film about how forest health and fire impacts our lives today. 

Outside, admirers have the opportunity to visit Smokey Bear's final resting place.  Guests will also find exhibits about vegetative life zones found in New Mexico and explore the beauty our state's natural resources.  The outdoor amphitheater is the perfect setting for school groups to enjoy the park's educational programs.  There is also a playground, picnic area and Capitan's original train depot.

An extra treat for kids are the Junior Ranger and Little Ranger programs. Younger visitors can become official rangers (and earn some neat souvenirs) by completing an engaging activity about fire prevention and Smokey Bear. It's a chance for kids to learn new things and create fun memories!

Smokey Bear Historical Park is located on highway 380 (118 W. Smokey Bear Blvd.), in the heart of Capitan.  It is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Hours of operation are 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Entrance fees are $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children aged 7-12 (cash only). Children 6 and under are free!

Smokey Bear Historical Park has been operated by the New Mexico Forestry Division's Capitan District since 1992.

Informational Displays Inside the Museum
Smokey Bear Statue

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Smokey Bear Historical Park is located on highway 380 (118 W. Smokey Bear Blvd.), in Capitan.  We are open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Hours of operation are 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Entrance fees are $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children aged 7-12 (cash only). Children 6 and under are free!

SmokeyBear.com

Smokey Bear Historical Park Facebook Page

History of the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Campaign

Smokey Bear - The Living Symbol

Frequently Asked Questions

Smokey Bear's Gravesite Plaque

Fun Pages

Smokey the Bear Song

Smokey Bear Pumpkin Stencil (PDF)

Smokey Bear Pumpkin Stencil

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