Utsayantha Mountain Fire Tower
US 1073, NY 35
October 2017 photo

October 2017 photo - courtesy of Laurie Rankin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1073, NY 35 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered January 3, 2015
Nominated by Bob Spear
Location Delaware County, New York
Coordinates N 42° 23.943' W 074° 35.373' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 23' 57" W 074° 35' 22"
N 42.399052° W 074.589556°
Elevation 3,212 ft (979 m)
Built 1934
Administered by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


In 1889, a prominent citizen of Stamford, NY purchased 20 acres on the top of Utsayantha Mountain, built an attractive four-story observation house (still there) and deeded the property to the town as a park. In 1934 the NY Dept. of Conservation built a 60’ Aermotor tower that is maintained and open to the public to climb.


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Visit Reports

October 21, 2017: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Utsayantha fire tower can be driven to on a very unimproved road. Because of this, it receives a large number of visitors. The fire tower is in good overall condition, but needs to be painted and to have the graffiti painted over. The nearby kiosk is in good condition and tells the story of the fire tower and its renovations. Security cameras are in place at the site.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Signage is in place at the village to direct persons to the fire tower.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The Village of Stamford is owner of the fire tower and surrounding park which has picnic tables, bbq grills, benches, and bathroom facilities. Their staff do the maintenance at the fire tower. Due to the high volume of visitors, a volunteer interpreter and/or maintainers could supplement the Village staff work.


Photo courtesy of Laurie Rankin