Hahns Peak Lookout
US 228, CO 4
Hahns Peak Lookout - 2021

Hahns Peak Lookout - 2021 - courtesy of Randy Langstraat

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 228, CO 4 (view other lookouts in United States, Colorado)
Date Registered September 1, 1997
Nominated by Jerry E. Schmidt, Forest Supervisor, Medicine Bow-Routt N.F.
Location Routt National Forest
Routt County, Colorado
Coordinates N 40° 50.568' W 106° 55.771' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 50' 34" W 106° 55' 46"
N 40.842800° W 106.929510°
Elevation 10,759 ft (3,279 m)
Built 1908
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District


The first lookout on Hahn’s Peak on the Routt National Forest in the northern Colorado Rockies was a stone shelter built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1908. Four years later, authorization was received to build one of the first two permanent lookouts in the Rocky Mountain Region (the other was Harney Mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota).

More than one ton of cement and building materials were packed up to the 10,759-foot-high site.

The lookout was damaged in 1933 and rebuilt in 1939.

 The Hahns Peak Lookout was enlarged and modernized circa 1942 and served as an Aircraft Warning Service site during World War II.

In 2013, HistoriCorps, in along with volunteers from the Trail Crew members of the USDA Forest Service, conducted emergency stabilization on the lookout.

Additional work was done in 2017 and 2019 by groups including Historic Routt County.


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Hahns Peak Lookout - 1933

Hahns Peak Lookout - 1933 - courtesy of Historic Routt County