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Diamond Butte Lookout closure: Diamond Butte Lookout will be closed from June 1 through September 4, 2015. It will be an active fire lookout during this time.
DIAMOND BUTTE LOOKOUT, MT
part ofCuster National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewDiamond Butte Lookout is perched atop a 30-foot masonry tower on Diamond Butte at an altitude of 4,245 feet in the Custer National Forest approximately 50 miles from Ashland, Montana. The lookout was moved from its original location of Yeager Butte in 1958 and was an active fire lookout until 2001.
Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. This vantage point offers the chance to enjoy sunrises, sunsets and star gazing on clear nights.
The lookout is accessible by car, but it is a 200-foot walk up a steep hill to the lookout from the parking area. Guests should be prepared to bring most of their own supplies and gear.
The lookout offers expansive views of the nearby hills and the distant Bighorn Mountains, which are about 100 miles away. Vegetation is sparse, but sagebrush and lupin thrive on the surrounding landscape.
Trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are located near the lookout. Opportunities are available to enjoy off-road vehicle riding and hunting.
The lookout can accommodate 4 people and is furnished with a table, chairs and 3 beds with mattresses. Propane appliances include a cook stove with an oven, lights and a heater. A few cooking and eating utensils are provided, along with a broom, mop and bucket.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Ashland, Montana: travel east on State Highway 212 for approximately 3 miles. Turn south onto Otter Creek Road and travel 20 miles. Just past the Fort Howes Work Center, turn east onto Taylor Creek Road and travel 12 miles to Sonnette Divide Road. Turn north onto the Sonnette Divide Road for 2 miles then turn east on the Diamond Butte Lookout Road. Travel 1 mile to the lookout.
Mailing Address:DIAMOND BUTTE LOOKOUT
PO BOX 168 2378 HWY 212
ASHLAND MT 59003
Phone Number:Information: (406)784-2344