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Smokey Bear Museum and Gift Shop, Capitan

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  • IF, oh yes, the 'BIG IF, but IF you have the time and IF you have the interest in Smokey The Bear, then this is a most worthwhile trip out of Ruidoso, New Mexico, or however you choose to approach the...  more »
  • This is a small gift shop next to the Smokey The Bear Park. You go in after visiting the park. It has limited things for sale. The lady working there is nice.  more »
  • We learned a lot and it was fun for the kids to see Smokey's grave and then get a treat at the gift shop!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Really nice museum and grounds. Cute town too. We'll go back.
  • Got to see Smokey's burial area and pay our respects! The park ranger in charge of this place is very pleasant and helpful- he knows all of the history himself! Long live Smokey Bear!