This Utah Fire Lookout Is The Last Of Its Kind, And You’ll Want To Visit

Fire lookout towers across the country serve a noble cause — to help forest rangers spot wildfires while they’re in their earliest stages. Early detection allows firefighters to move in and contain the fire as quickly as possible, saving beautiful natural areas, property, and even lives. Utah once had several fire lookout towers, but now there’s just one left, and you can tour it!

Want to get a close-up look at this fire tower? You can tour the lookout on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the months of June through September. Tours are free and give you the opportunity to learn about the history of the Ute Mountain Lookout Tower and see how rangers do their work here. Before you visit, call the Ashley National Forest field office to make sure that forest rangers are at the lookout and not out fighting a fire. You can reach the office at 435-789-1181.

Does this place look like somewhere you’d want to check out in person? For more information, visit the U.S. Forest Service’s website.

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