Ruidoso Lookout
US 191, NM 2

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 191, NM 2 (view other lookouts in United States, New Mexico)
Date Registered November 26, 1996
Nominated by David Johnson, Forest Archaeologist
Location Lincoln National Forest
Lincoln County, New Mexico
Coordinates N 33° 19.910' W 105° 39.739' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 19' 55" W 105° 39' 44"
N 33.331840° W 105.662323°
Elevation 6,893 ft (2,101 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Smokey Bear Ranger District


A 30’ Aermotor tower with 14’x14’ wooden cab and steel mesh catwalk, Ruidoso Lookout was erected in 1940 by the U.S. Forest Service. It is also located on the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. In the past 56 years the Town of Ruidoso has expanded to nearly surround the tower, which is now staffed by a town employee for the detection of urban/suburban fires.


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