devilBy Heather Grady, Insit Owner and HistoriCorps Support Staff
Colorado Construction and Design

Perched atop a rock outcropping in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest, Devil’s Head Lookout Tower is the last fire lookout station in continuous operation in Colorado and claims a milestone in U.S. Forest Service history.

Built in 1919 and augmented in 1951, the tower employed the first female fire lookout in the nation, Helen Dowe, who worked at the lookout when World War I rendered a shortage of able bodied men. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Devil’s Head Lookout Tower is a significant vestige of Colorado’s Front Range history.

But after decades of use, time has taken its toll on the 1951 glass-enclosed addition that sits atop the original 1919 cabin, both of which are accessible only on foot via 143 stairs. Read more ==>