We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Smokey Bear Historical Park

Is this your business?
118 Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan, NM 88316-5055
+1 575-354-2748
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Smokey Bear History

This is the home of the original Smokey Bear. See a film of fire prevention and get the scoop on... read more

Reviewed today
Molly L
,
Leawood, Kansas
via mobile
Vivid childhood memories

This was a must stop on our visit to Capitan, NM. I grew up watching Smokey Bear commercials on air... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rosemary V
via mobile
Read all 135 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good44%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION
118 Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan, NM 88316-5055
CONTACT
Website
+1 575-354-2748
Write a ReviewReviews (135)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"final resting place"
in 17 reviews
"forest fires"
in 12 reviews
"museum and gift shop"
in 7 reviews
"plants and trees"
in 4 reviews
"buried here"
in 5 reviews
"burial site"
in 3 reviews
"smokey's grave"
in 15 reviews
"local flora"
in 2 reviews
"brought back memories"
in 3 reviews
"new mexico"
in 13 reviews
"short film"
in 5 reviews
"his life"
in 3 reviews
"future generations"
in 2 reviews
"small museum"
in 7 reviews
"nice exhibits"
in 2 reviews
"great for kids"
in 3 reviews
"great history"
in 3 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 135 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

This is the home of the original Smokey Bear. See a film of fire prevention and get the scoop on how Smokey the Bear came to be. There is a lot of Smokey related memorabilia and fire prevention tips. A walk through the gardens takes...More

Thank Molly L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a must stop on our visit to Capitan, NM. I grew up watching Smokey Bear commercials on air wave TV. Smokey influenced me & millions of kids to not play with matches. Reminded parents to be safe when building camp fires & fully...More

Thank Rosemary V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 6 days ago

Easy access from main road with plenty of parking. Well worth the inexpensive $2.00 per person entrance fee. Very well laid out and informative museum with interesting history about the history of Smokey Bear beginning as a cartoon and then made more realistic with the...More

Thank Mark W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very nice museum, memorial, and tribute to America's most famous bear. The exhibits, pictures, and displays are quite informative and well done. After the museum portion, you can step out into a park-like area with an easy loop walkway. The walk will take you...More

Thank Steven P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you can imagine an entire town that seems to be nothing other than a devotional to a cartoon bear, you'll see the reality here. And it's kind of sad. And it turns out the whole campaign was part of a mistaken policy that's proven...More

Thank Dave N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are passing through Capitan, New Mexico you should visit the Smokey Bear Historical Park, especially if you have children. The story of Smokey is a truly inspiring one, and it is wonderful to see that the story and history of one of America's...More

Thank nmsteve1s
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fun place to visit. Forest rangers are knowledgeable and more than willing to answer any questions that might come up while touring the museum and park.

Thank Brenda C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 10, 2018

I learned about the Smokey Bear Historical Park while visiting the region near Capitan. Having been somewhat surprised - as I couldn’t entirely recall the story from my youth of the real-life Smokey Bear - that it was here and not another Western state, I...More

Thank Generic90
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

A nice piece of history in this nice town with the beautiful Capitan mountains nearby. Definitely also recommend lunch at the Oso Grill across the street

Thank Gailsailor
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

As we just moved into the area we had to visit the the final resting place of Smokey Bear. Lots of great history about Smokey and firefighting and prevention in general. Would recommend visiting when you can, well worth it.

Thank justrvingaround
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Capitan Hotels
Smokey Bear Motel
48 reviews
.16 miles away
The Wortley Hotel
81 reviews
8.89 miles away
High Country Lodge
32 reviews
11.99 miles away
Swiss Chalet Hotel
60 reviews
12.65 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Oso Grill
79 reviews
.04 miles away
The Dolan House
64 reviews
9.83 miles away
Flying J Ranch Chuckwagon Supper and Western Entertainment
119 reviews
10.64 miles away
Renee's Real Food
54 reviews
.38 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Fort Stanton Museum
76 reviews
4.52 miles away
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts
122 reviews
7.84 miles away
Flying J Ranch
35 reviews
10.59 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
dspardee
May 15, 2016|
Answer
Response from OregonStrider | Reviewed this property |
No. It's actually a very small park, only 2 acres in size. Only "service animals" are allowed in the park itself. The whole visitor center and park is only 2 bucks to get in... well worth it!
0
Votes