Activities and Amenities
SQUAW MOUNTAIN FIRE LOOKOUT, CO
part ofArapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee NG, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewThe Squaw Mountain Lookout is located directly off of Colorado Highway 103 west of Bergen Park and sits at the summit of Squaw Mountain, which is an active communication tower site in Clear Creek County. In addition to being an active communication site, the Squaw Mountain area is a popular dispersed recreation use area with hiking, recreational shooting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and camping. The lookout is a unique structure constructed of native granite which is situated at over 11,000 feet elevation and was built in the 1940’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The cab measures 14 feet by 14 feet and is completely lined by windows on each side and surrounded by a catwalk, all of which sit on top of a one story stone base.
Besides offering the unique experience of staying in a fire lookout, Squaw Mountain Lookout will provide visitors outstanding panoramic views of the Great Plains, Denver, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak, Longs Peak and other snow-capped peaks.
Hiking, wildlife viewing, scenic driving, picnicking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all easily accessible while staying at the lookout.
The lookout contains an electric stove, refrigerator, and heat; beds; table and chairs; cookware and dishes; and an exterior incinerating toilet. Please be aware that visitors are expected to clean and maintain the incinerating toilet to ensure proper operation of the unit. The lookout can accommodate four people per night. Guests will need to bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes, as well as their own sleeping bags/bedding. This is a “pack it in, pack it out” facility; guests will need to carry out all trash and clean the facility prior to leaving.
Mount Evans Recreation Area, Mount Evans Wilderness Area
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Idaho Springs and Interstate 70, take Exit 240 (Colorado 103) and drive south over the bridge on Colorado 103 for 18 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 192.1, a dirt road and continue for one mile where you will come to parking area before a locked gate. Proceed on foot one mile up the road past the locked gate to the Lookout Tower. Do not block access to any of the gates. Winter Access: Interstate 70, take Exit 240 and drive south over the bridge on Colorado 103 for 18 miles to Forest Road 192.1. Park off the right hand shoulder of the highway and continue on foot on the road to right, heading southeast for one mile where you will come to a locked gate. Pass around the gate and continue for one more mile to the Lookout Tower.
Mailing Address:SQUAW MOUNTAIN FIRE LOOKOUT
PO Box 3307
Idaho Springs CO 80452
Phone Number:Information: (303)567-3000