Few People Know That New Mexico Is The Birthplace Of Smokey Bear, The Wildfire Prevention Symbol
Did you know one of America’s most famous bears can trace part of his heritage to the Land of Enchantment? For Smokey Bear in New Mexico, a real-life tragedy in the Lincoln National Forest gave meaning to reduce wildfires.
By modern standards, the Capitan Gap fire that orphaned Smokey Bear in New Mexico was small. Read about several other forest fires in the Land of Enchantment in our article 4 Devastating New Mexico Wildfires That Have Gone Down In History.
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Smokey Bear in New Mexico
Cool Facts About Smokey Bear Historical Park
While there are many unique things from New Mexico, Smokey Bear is at the top of the list. The Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan honors this famous bear. When visiting this historical park, stop by the visitor’s center. You can learn more about Smokey Bear and his history. You can also learn about several forest fires in New Mexico and wildfire prevention. You’ll want to take a few minutes to visit Smokey Bear’s grave and spend some time in the outdoor area which features a playground, picnic area, and more.
There is a small fee to access the Smokey Bear Historical Park.
Forest Fires in New Mexico
Unfortunately, New Mexico knows the devastation and destruction forest fires can cause. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire in 2012 was one of the largest forest fires in New Mexico. More than 1,200 firefighters battled the blaze and the fire burned up to 289,478 acres.
In 2011, The Las Conchas Fire destroyed approximately 156,293 acres and 63 homes. This fire was so large that smoke could be seen on the International Space Station. This fire began with a single tree knocking down a power line.
New Mexico Trivia You Need To Know
New Mexico is not only home to some incredible sights but it also has a rich history that provides for some interesting trivia. One question you will often hear when discussing New Mexico trivia is Smokey Bear’s original name. The answer: Hotfoot Teddy.
Do you want another cool fact about New Mexico? The Rio Grande is the Land of Enchantment's longest river. It flows the entire length of New Mexico.
You can learn even more about New Mexico and five of its tiny towns in this article.