Whites Mesa Lookout
US 877, CO 15

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 877, CO 15 (view other lookouts in United States, Colorado)
Date Registered March 16, 2010
Nominated by Allen Farnsworth, Fire Management Officer
Location Mesa Verde National Park
Montezuma County, Colorado
Coordinates N 37° 14.588' W 108° 23.073' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 14' 35" W 108° 23' 04"
N 37.243130° W 108.384550°
Elevation 7,936 ft (2,419 m)
Built 1963
Administered by National Park Service
Cooperators Mesa Verde National Park


The tower for the Whites Mesa Lookout in Mesa Verde National Park was moved from the Apache National Forest in 1963. The Park Service used only the lower 30' of the Aermotor tower with a 14'x14' platform. In 1964 a 7'x7' steel cab was added in the middle of the platform.

As of 2019, this unusual lookout’s tower is in good condition but “the wooden platforms[...] could use replacement”.  The condition of the cab exterior and roof are in good condition.  The cab interior is in fair condition “been stripped of equipment and needs painting”.


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