Horse Butte Lookout
US 737, MT 41
Horse Butte Lookout

Horse Butte Lookout - courtesy of Panoramio

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 737, MT 41 (view other lookouts in United States, Montana)
Date Registered June 18, 2008
Nominated by Veronica Gooding, USFS
Location Gallatin National Forest
Gallatin County, Montana
Coordinates N 44° 45.990' W 111° 12.858' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 45' 59" W 111° 12' 51"
N 44.766500° W 111.214300°
Elevation 6,872 ft (2,095 m)
Built 1953
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Hebgen Lake Ranger District


The first improvement at Horse Mountain Lookout on the Gallatin National Forest was a crow’s nest platform put up in the 1920s which is still there. The current 14’x14’ L-4 live-in cab on a 41’ timber tower was constructed in 1953.


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2021 - courtesy of bbjeg

Crow's Nest Tree Lookout nearby - 1963

Crow's Nest Tree Lookout nearby - 1963 - courtesy of W. E. Steuerwald

Visit Reports

October 21, 2012: Samsara Chapman


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? No Response
Comments: Looks shabby. Shutters need work, but function

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Other enroachments? Telephone tower site a short distance to the east of the tower. FS repeater in tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? Sometimes
The District has a 4 year plan to get it back to being a staffed LO. For now, it is used in emergencies.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The District already is working with NSA on summer work projects. DR is open to the long term possibility of volunteer staffing.