Rankin Ridge Lookout
US 1040, SD 5
Rankin Ridge Lookout - 2011

Rankin Ridge Lookout - 2011 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1040, SD 5 (view other lookouts in United States, South Dakota)
Date Registered September 3, 2014
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Wind Cave National Park
Custer County, South Dakota
Coordinates N 43° 37.533' W 103° 28.938' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 37' 32" W 103° 28' 56"
N 43.625551° W 103.482298°
Elevation 5,013 ft (1,528 m)
Built 1956
Administered by National Park Service
Cooperators Wind Cave National Park


Rankin Ridge Lookout is an International Derrick CL100 design. It has a 14'x14' cab with a surrounding catwalk. Built in 1956 to replace the earlier Crows Nest Tower on Elk Mountain, this tower sits at the high point of Wind Cave National Park.


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Photo courtesy of Brad Wheeler