The site where Dead Man’s Peak Lookout Tower now stands has been used to spot fires since at least 1913. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE ― Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fire lookout―alone in the middle of the forest, watching for telltale wisps of smoke and alerting firefighters to potentially dangerous situations?
The next-best thing might be to sign up for a guided tour of one of the four lookouts still in service on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
As part of the Santa Fe National Forest’s Centennial year, the public has a rare opportunity to visit the lookouts and see how the people who staff them observe and report on fire, smoke, wind and weather.
Tours are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
- Saturday, July 25 ― Cerro Pelado ― Meet at Jemez Ranger Station at 9 a.m. for escort to site.
- Friday, August 7 ― Encino ― Meet at Coyote Ranger Station at 9 a.m. for escort to site.
- Saturday, August 15 ― Dead Man’s Peak ― Meet at Cuba Ranger Station at 9 a.m. for escort to site.
- Saturday, August 22 ― Barillas Peak ― Meet at Pecos Ranger Station at 9 a.m. for escort to site.
Participants can sign up by calling 505.438.5300 and specifying the lookout tour they want to join. Tours will take approximately four to five hours.
Please bring rain gear, sunscreen, lunch and plenty of water. Four-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.