Original structure

Dave Bula

Original Structure, 1943

Current structure

Mike Henry

Current Structure

Devils Head Lookout

Pike National Forest

Elevation: 9708

Status: Staffed

Year Built: 1912, reconstructed 1951

Structure Type: 1912: non-standard, 1951: L4

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Devils Head Lookout is probably the best-known lookout in Colorado. The L4 cab is perched high on rock outcrop, with a few flights of stairs leading to the cab. The lookout used to be accessible only by ladder. Living quarters are below the outcrop. This lookout was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Getting there: From Sedalia along US 85 south of Denver, take CO 67 west for 12 miles to Rampart Range Road. The intersection is well marked. Take Rampart Range Road 11 miles to the turnout for Devils Head Lookout and campground. Follow the signs and veer right to the tower trailhead. The hike is 1.4 miles and requires 960 feet of elevation gain.

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Joshua Nigro