Once again volunteers have stepped up in an incredible way for the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest. A record number of 40 new volunteers, along with 18 returning volunteers, will help staff the Deadman Lookout Tower throughout the summer.
In past years, the Lookout tower was only opened on weekends. Since the High Park Fire in 2012, volunteers have increased in numbers allowing the site to be open many more days. This year, the Lookout is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15-27 and July 30. It is expected to be staffed almost every day through September, but calling our office at 970-295-6700 before heading out is always a good idea.
The Deadman Lookout Tower is located 15 miles northwest of Red Feather Lakes at an elevation of 10,700 feet. The roads leading to the lookout from Red Feather Lakes are gravel. It was last officially staffed in the 1970s.
Climbing into the top of the 1961 lookout is like stepping back in time. Original furniture and equipment are still usable and in place. Those making the trek up the 72 steps can speak with volunteers about the fire lookout history and area recreation information. Visitors can also get a card making them an honorary member of the historic Squirrel Club, helping to be on the “lookout” for human caused fires.
For additional information about the lookout, check the web at www.fs.usda.gov.