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Smokey Bear Museum, Capitan

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  • My family was glad we made the short trip from Ruidoso to learn more about the history of Smokey the Bear, an American icon. The museum has vintage Smokey the Bear memorabilia as well as interesting e...  more »
  • A great overview of the impacts of wildland fire on people & habitats - just wish Burner Bob had made an appearance in the materials. Very cool to hear the story BEHIND the "real" story of Smokey the ...  more »
  • Buildings have been renovated. Nice desert theme walking trail behind building. The original Smokey Bear hot air balloon is also buried there. It was destroyed a few years when it got hooked up on a c...  more »
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  • A must for any Smokey Bear fan, young and old alike. Great shop/museum located alongside the burial place of the real Smokey Bear.
  • Grave of Smokey Bear. Museum has good exhibits on evolution of fire control in forestry, history of Smokey Bear and National Forest Service. Memorabilia displays were incredible.
  • Opens at 9 not 8:30. Nice old town. See how the west was
  • This was a wonderful and very sweet stop on my trip. It's right on the 2-lane highway in a cute little town. The OG real life Smokey was born in the Capitan Mountains. After the rangers rescued him and fixed up his little burned bear paws, he lived in the zoo in Washington DC so people from all over could visit him. After his death, Smokey's body was flown home and this is his final resting place. The museum and gift shop is filled with incredible memorabilia. There is a ton of information and a short film about the Forestry's prior campaigns and how the idea of Smokey the Bear started, then how the real bear cub became the very effective mascot for prevention of forest fire. A neat bit about the gift shop is that it's made from reclaimed wood from the forest where Smokey was rescued. For $2 to enter the museum, it's definitely worth it to honor and learn more about the little bear that saved our forests.
  • Historical cabin built locally by locals in honor of Smokey the Bear! What a kind host and informative too. Great place to stop for a souvenir. Penny machine inside! No charge to visit.

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