Fire lookout towers like this were once critical assets in the fight against forest fires. Today, advances in fire management technology has rendered lookouts relics of the past, and just a handful of fire lookouts are still actively staffed. Because they offer incredible views and are often located in spectacular areas, fire towers are often popular destinations for hikers, and several are even available for overnight guests – imagine sleeping thirty feet off the ground! The Buck Mountain Fire Lookout Tower stands guard on the Mogollon Rim, just 40 miles south of Flagstaff. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and could, with some HistoriCorps TLC, one day be opened up to the public for rent.
At 200 miles long and rising 2,000 feet from the landscape, Mogollon Rim (pronounced muggy-on
) is a geologic marvel. The Rim is a celebrated destination for Arizonans seeking it cooler climes during scorching southern summers. It offers expansive pine forests and several fishing areas
along with miles of hiking, biking, and horse-riding
trails. The Rim itself features sedimentary, volcanic and metamorphic rock dating as far back as the Precambrian era (Earth’s oldest).
There are few experiences that inspire awe in the landscapes around us as much as climbing a mountain, mesa, or fire tower. Enjoy the view on this project, and know that your work will serve not only the forest’s past, but its future.
PROJECT PARTNER: Coconino National Forest
SESSION DATES: June 6-11, June 13-18, June 20-25, and June 27 – July 2
Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 6pm and no later than 8pm on the first day of your session.
We will camp right onsite, near the lookout! Tent or truck bed camping only. The road up to the lookout is relatively rough, and a medium-to-high clearance vehicle (such as a Subaru or truck) is necessary.
ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work clothes and boots, and other personal gear.