The Clear Creek Ranger District announced last week that the Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout on the Arapaho National Forest near Idaho Springs will be available to the public. Starting July 1, 2013, members of the public will be able to rent the lookout for overnight stays.
Volunteers from the Colorado and Utah chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association have been working with the U.S. Forest Service since 2007 to restore the lookout to its historic state. The lookout tower contains a 1930s era fire finder and historic photos depicting the life of a Forest Service fire lookout.
Squaw Mountain is the first fire lookout tower available for rent near the Front Range.
“We think people will enjoy this one-of-a-kind opportunity to spend a few nights in a historic lookout that is situated in a rustic, beautiful setting,” said Deb Ryon, acting Clear Creek District Ranger.
The fee is $80 per night plus a $9 reservation fee. The Squaw Mountain Lookout accommodates up to four people and includes an electric stove, refrigerator, heat, beds, table and chairs, dishes and outdoor toilet. Guests must hike a mile from the parking area on a steep dirt road to the Lookout, packing in all water and supplies. Guests must pack out all garbage. Fees generated pay for lookout operation and maintenance.
Once the lookout is open, people will be able to make reservations online by visiting the National Recreation Reservation Service at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
For more information or questions please call Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Center at (303) 567-3000.