Los Alamos Lookout
US 1772, NM 53

Photo courtesy of Rick Brown

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1772, NM 53 (view other lookouts in United States, New Mexico)
Date Registered December 31, 2023
Nominated by Rick Brown
Location Los Alamos County, New Mexico
Coordinates N 35° 52.534' W 106° 15.336' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 52' 32" W 106° 15' 20"
N 35.875574° W 106.255607°
Elevation 7,020 ft (2,140 m)
Built 1948
Administered by Los Alamos County


Situated at the location of the former Main Gate of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Los Alamos Fire Lookout operated on and off for approximately 30 years and was primarily staffed by Los Alamos Fire Department personnel after 1951 (Zinn, pgs. 164-165). This particular tower replaced an earlier structure that was operated jointly by the Atomic Energy Commission and the Forest Service from 1944-1948 (Zinn, pgs. 164-165).

Zinn, Barbara, "Fire Lookout History of the Santa Fe National Forest," United States Department of Agriculture/U.S. Forest Service, April 2017.


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