Bandelier Lookout
US 1648, NM 47
Bandelier Lookout - 1964

Bandelier Lookout - 1964 - courtesy of the Bandelier National Monument

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1648, NM 47 (view other lookouts in United States, New Mexico)
Date Registered July 7, 2022
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Bandelier National Monument
Los Alamos County, New Mexico
Coordinates N 35° 46.771' W 106° 15.955' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 46' 46" W 106° 15' 57"
N 35.779516° W 106.265918°
Elevation 6,536 ft (1,992 m)
Built 1940-41
Administered by National Park Service - Bandelier National Monument
Cooperators Atomic Energy Commission


Bandelier Lookout was constructed in 1940-41 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the National Park Service.

The structure is a NPS standardized fire lookout, drawing PG-3040, with a wood cab on a stone basement.

In 1943 the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) established Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) next to Bandelier, and in 1948 the Santa Fe National Forest, the AEC and Bandelier made a cooperative agreement for detection and suppression.

The lookout was actively used to at least 2016.


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Bandelier Lookout under construction - 1940-41

Bandelier Lookout under construction - 1940-41 - courtesy of the Bandelier National Monument