Monjeau Lookout

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Monjeau Lookout
Monjeau Lookout - Photo by USDA Forest Service.jpg
Photo by USDA Forest Service - 1950.
Monjeau Lookout is located in New Mexico
Monjeau Lookout
Monjeau Lookout is located in the United States
Monjeau Lookout
Nearest cityVilla Madonna, New Mexico
Coordinates33°25′51″N 105°43′53″W / 33.43083°N 105.73139°W / 33.43083; -105.73139Coordinates: 33°25′51″N 105°43′53″W / 33.43083°N 105.73139°W / 33.43083; -105.73139
Arealess than one acre
Built1940 (1940)
Built byCivilian Conservation Corps
Architectural styleRustic style
MPSNational Forest Fire Lookouts in the Southwestern Region TR
NRHP reference No.87002483[1]
NMSRCP No.1445
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 27, 1988
Designated NMSRCPMarch 4, 1988

Monjeau Lookout was completed in 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps to serve as a fire lookout tower within Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico, United States, and remains in active use as a destination for forest visitors. The structure is a 14-by-14-foot (4.3 m × 4.3 m) native stone tower which contains living quarters, and is topped with a 7 ft × 7 ft (2.1 m × 2.1 m) metal-frame cab.[2]

The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,[1] as well as the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Places.[3]

Monjeau Lookout is reached via a 5.5 miles (8.9 km) National Forest gravel road, north of Ruidoso, New Mexico. There are three parking and camping areas a mile or two below the Lookout. The last mile or so of NF117 going up to the Monjeau Lookout is sometimes closed. When that is the case, no vehicle traffic goes to the top and the restroom at the top may also be closed. To reach the structure, one must then hike up the road. As of July 2021, the gate is open,[4] but it was closed for a time in the late summer of 2020.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Monjeau Lookout". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-04-06.
  3. ^ "New Deal Properties Listed in the State Register of Cultural Properties" (pdf). Retrieved 2010-04-06.
  4. ^ "Ruidoso to Truth or Consequences - Bears, Lookouts, and Bombs - NMBDR 2". Retrieved 2021-07-25.