|View of Devil's Head looking west from Castle Rock, CO|
Originally used from 1912, then built in 1919, and updated in 1952 to the current lookout, the Tower has been in constant use for over 100 years. For campers there is a campground nearby, LINK HERE.
The Fire Tower is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. A tiny caretaker's cabin is located below the tower, the Ranger carrying food and supplies in by backpack weekly. Still today, it is the last "manned" fire tower in Colorado, maybe in the United States, all the others being automated. That makes it somewhat of a tourist attraction and a great place to take your kids.
The day we went, the parking lot off Rampart Range Road was packed. The summer weather in the Rockies was awesome! The trail was an easy hike, with lots of views and neat Pikes Peak granite formations along the way. At the end our trip was rewarded with a card signed by the Ranger in the tower.
|Pikes Peak Granite|
|The view from the top|
|I am a Squirrel : )|
|Devil's Head Lookout Fire Tower|