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Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout

About

USDA Forest Service

Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee NG

Overview

The Mestaa_____hehe (pronounced mess-taw-HAY) Mountain Fire Lookout is located directly off of Colorado Highway 103 west of Bergen Park and sits at the summit of Mestaa_____hehe Mountain, which is an active communication tower site in Clear Creek County. In addition to being an active communication site, the 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 1940s 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.______ The Fire Lookout is open for reservations. We are excited to open the lookout, but wanted to share the following updates with renters: -There will not be staff cleaning in between visitors to the lookout, all renters must thoroughly disinfect and clean before they leave. -Pack out all trash and anything brought up during your stay, please do not leave food, supplies or other items behind. -We will offer disposable items for eating. However, renters are encouraged to bring their own supplies. Reusable utensils/cups will not be provided. -Follow instructions for the incinerating toilet and do not burn disposable wipes or other cleaning items. -If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID 19, please stay home, cancel your reservation and a refund will be provided.

Recreation

Hiking, wildlife viewing, scenic driving, picnicking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all easily accessible while staying at the lookout.

Facilities

Hiking, wildlife viewing, scenic driving, picnicking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all easily accessible while staying at the lookout.

Natural Features

Besides offering the unique experience of staying in a fire lookout, Mestaa_____hehe Mountain Lookout will provide visitors outstanding panoramic views of the Great Plains, Denver, Mount Blue Sky, Pikes Peak, Longs Peak and other snow-capped peaks.

contact_info

For facility specific information, please call (970) 295-6600.

Nearby Attractions

Mount Blue Sky Recreation Area, Mount Evans Wilderness Area

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Location

Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout is located in Colorado

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Directions

Please follow the directions provided below and do not use other navigation applications. From Idaho Springs and Interstate 70, take Exit 240 (Colorado Highway 103) and drive south over the bridge on Colorado 103 for 19 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 19 miles to Forest Road 192.1. Park at pull off or along the right hand shoulder of the highway and continue on foot on the road heading up for one mile where you will come to a gate. Pass around the gate and continue for one more mile to the Lookout Tower.

Address

PO Box 3307
Idaho springs, CO 80452

Coordinates

39.6788889 N
105.4927778 W

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  • Picnic Table

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Jim H.
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2018

Great spot with 360 degree views

The fire tower has two levels with 2 twin beds on each level. I recommend staying in the top level as the views are amazing. Look one way, you can see downtown Denver. Look another, Pike's Peak. Another, Mount Evans. It is windy up at 11,500 feet and it rattles the windows at times, but again...the views. The space itself is only about 20' x 20' but you are never bored as the scenery changes in every direction every 5 minutes. You have to reserve the tower well in advance but it is definitely worth it. I must mention there is also about a mile hike up to the tower with your gear but again, it is definitely worth it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the max vehicle length at Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout?

Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout allows vehicles up to 20 feet.

Does Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout does not have wifi.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout?

Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

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