Deadman Lookout

Tim Worth

Deadman Lookout, 2002

Old Deadman tower

Old Deadman Lookout (~1941)

Deadman Lookout

Roosevelt National Forest

Elevation: 10710

Status: Active

Year Built: 1939, rebuilt 1961

Structure Type: 40' (original), CL100 steel 55' (current), with 14x14 cab

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The original L4 structure was located near the present day parking area, on a low rock outcrop near the NGS benchmark "Deadman." The current steel tower, built in 1961, is staffed by volunteers in the summer months, and is open to visitors from 10-4 on weekends. There are an outhouse and picnic facilities nearby. Good views of Rocky Mountain National Park to the south, and Bald Mountain to the north.

How to get there: From CO 14 at Rustic, head north for ~5 miles on RD 69. Make a left (west) at RD 162, which curves north and heads moderately uphill. After ~9 miles, make a left (west) at well-marked Deadman Hill Rd. Take this ~14 miles to the Deadman Tower turnoff (FR170). Drive north 3 miles to the tower. All roads are good gravel, suitable for passenger cars. Deadman Road closes mid-November most years, and typically opens by April to late May, depending on snow conditions.

Visit the National Historic Lookout entry for Deadman Lookout.

See also Forest Fire Lookout Towers of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Rocky Mountain National Park.