Kiowa Lookout
US 196, NM 3

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 196, NM 3 (view other lookouts in United States, New Mexico)
Date Registered December 30, 1996
Nominated by Kurt L. Winchester, District Ranger
Location Carson National Forest
Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Coordinates N 36° 35.837' W 106° 06.007' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 35' 50" W 106° 06' 00"
N 36.597285° W 106.100112°
Elevation 9,692 ft (2,954 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators El Rito Ranger District


Located on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico, Kiowa Lookout was erected 73 years ago in 1923. The 50, steel Aermotor tower is one of only two LL-25 models remaining in the Southwestern Region. The original outside ladder has been replaced with interior stairs. The base cabin was built by the CCC in 1935 and the tower is still in active use.


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