Smokey Bear Museum

Smokey Bear Park

(Capitan NM) In 1944, the National Forest Service began an advertising campaign to reduce the number of man-caused forest fires. A character of a bear was used in posters and ads to get the message out to the public. They named it Smokey Bear. Fast forward to 1950, when a disastrous fire erupted near town, […]

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Pecos River Flume, Carlsbad NM

Pecos River Flume

(Carlsbad NM) The Pecos River Flume was originally built of wood in 1890. However, it was eventually washed away in a flood, and replaced with the current concrete structure in 1903. It is still in use today (although not in the best of condition) providing water that irrigates area farms. The flow comes from the […]

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Guadalupe Ridge, LIncoln NF nr Queen NM

Guadalupe Ridge

(nr Queen NM) I stopped at the Queen CafĂ© for lunch and had some tacos. There was a rack of amazing looking pie. I couldn’t resist and had the largest slice of cherry pie ever. Surprised to find the eatery, and homes about 45 miles southwest of Carlsbad up in the Guadalupe Mountains. About three […]

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