Day trip: Smokey Bear Historical Park

Courtesy of Smokey Bear Historical Park Visitors can learn about forest fires and the famous Smokey Bear at Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan.

Place: Smokey Bear Historical Park

Location: 118 First Street, Capitan. The park is three hours and 20 minutes or 190 miles from Cannon Air Force Base.

What activities can you enjoy at this location? The park has a visitor’s center that includes exhibits about forest fires, a history of the Smokey Bear fire prevention campaign and a theater. There are also hiking trails, butterfly gardens and a picnic and playground area.

What ages is this facility suited for? Any age group can enjoy this park.

What are admission prices? Adults $2, children 12 and under $1, children 6 and under are free.

What are the hours of operation? Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Are there any special events coming up? Smokey Bear Days will begin at noon May 1 and will last until 11 p.m. May 2. An arts and crafts marketplace, a DJ and karaoke contest, and a free street dance are scheduled.

One special thing people can do or see here: While at the park, visitors can see the resting place of the famous Smokey the Bear. As a cub, Smokey was saved by firefighters who found him badly burned and clinging to a tree during a wildfire on the Captain Mountain. He eventually became the national icon for wildfire prevention.

More information: Call (505) 354-2748 or visit online at www.emnrd.state.nm.us/fd/SmokeyBear/SmokeyBearPark.htm.

— Compiled by Cannon Connections correspondent Carrie Pendleton.