Atole Lookout
US 316, NM 4

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 316, NM 4 (view other lookouts in United States, New Mexico)
Date Registered September 1, 1999
Nominated by Dave Lorenz
Location Tecolote Mesa
Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Coordinates N 36° 51.217' W 106° 46.498' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 51' 13" W 106° 46' 30"
N 36.853623° W 106.774975°
Elevation 8,883 ft (2,708 m)
Administered by Bureau of Indian Affairs
Cooperators Bureau of Indian Affairs


Atole Lookout was constructed by the U.S. Forest Service as Devil Mountain Lookout on the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado. Declared surplus, the Bureau of Indian Affairs claimed it and in 1996 a twin rotor Chinook helicopter from the Nevada Army National Guard moved the fire tower in three trips. A site on Tecolote Mesa was selected to provide detection on 131,000 acres of additional land purchased by the tribe. The 14' x 14' metal cab with corrugated flat metal roof and catwalk is of the Forest Service CL 100 series design and mounted on a 40' steel tower. This primary lookout is in active service by the BIA.


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