Smokey Bear Museum and Gift Shop, Capitan

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  • 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 »
  • Just outside the side gate of Smokey Bear Historical Park (not affiliated with the Park) is this small museum and gift shop. The museum consists of a variety of collectible items and memorabilia. The ...  more »
  • The Smokey Bear Museum is nicely done. If you're in the area, it's certainly worth a stop. The original Smokey is buried there. The museum is an interesting history into one of the most iconic adverti...  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!

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