Project Partner: Ashley National Forest
History: Ute Mountain Lookout Tower is the first and the last standing fire tower with living quarters above ground in Utah, offering a panoramic view of the picturesque Uinta Mountain Range. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1935-1937, the tower served as the fire lookout's living quarters, thirty feet above the ground with only 196 square feet of space. While the lookout is no longer used to spot fires, it is a significant tourist attraction in the area and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it stands as a monument to the early years of fire prevention and detection of the Forest Service, an important part of our cultural heritage.
Scope of Work: Ute Tower was forced to close in 2008 due to decay in the tower legs and stairway. The structure suffered from deferred maintenance, but in August and September of 2013, the HistoriCorps team prevented further deterioration by repairing and rebuilding three of the towers legs and crossties. Building on the work of 2013, volunteers in 2014 learned new skills and completed the following:
• Reroofed the cab
• Finished repairing and rebuilding the cross ties
• Removed and rebuilt stairs, catwalk and railing
• Retro-fitted joists and beams beneath platform
• Scraped and painted all exterior surfaces
Directions: Take Hwy 44 to Sheep Creek Geological Loop. The tower is located two and one-half miles west of the loop. Take the turn off on the unpaved and narrow road towards Spirit Lake. The tower is located 51 miles northwest of Vernal, UT at 8,834 feet elevation, Near Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
HistoriCorps is a service learning partner of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture committed to the preservation and stewardship of significant resources on public lands.
- June 10, 2013 - July 11, 2014