Colorado Points of Interest

Deadman Lookout

The Canyon Lakes Ranger District's "Visitor Center in the Sky!"

On April 1, 1991, the Deadman Lookout Tower was officially recognized on the National Historic Lookout Register as meeting specific standards of historic and cultural significance. It is additionally recognized as the last of eight historic towers in the Front Range of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. The Deadman Tower has not been permanently staffed since 1970, but the tower is operational and open to the public in the summer thanks to a crew of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers provide information about the tower and other, nearby recreation sites. 

In addition, the tower serves as a radio communications site for the Roosevelt National Forest and for the Larimer County Sheriff's Department. The transceivers are powered by solar panels and batteries. Look for the large photovoltaic arrays and battery house at the base of the tower. The original wood tower was built in 1937-38 by workers in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Many visitors said the tower swayed in heavy winds, just like a tree! The wood tower was dismantled in 1962; one year after the metal tower was erected.The footings for the original wood tower are still visible to the east of the existing metal tower.  Elevation at the site is 10,700 feet. The tower is snowed in for much of the year and typically opens in early July. Picnic tables are available for use.


Points of Interest
Deadman Lookout

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park 100 8,933 ft
Bellaire Lake 26 8,665 ft
Meeboer Lake Access Area - WGF Numerous 7,239 ft
Sleeping Elephant 15 7,865 ft
Grand View 9 10,038 ft
Twin Buttes Reservoir Public Access - WGF Numerous 7,258 ft
Tunnel 49 8,608 ft
Chambers Lake 44 9,166 ft
North Fork Poudre 9 9,159 ft
Big Bend 8 7,717 ft
Aspen Glen 9 8,694 ft
Long Draw 25 10,059 ft
Big South 4 8,580 ft
The Crags - State Forest State Park 26 9,917 ft