Shadow Mountain Lookout

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Shadow Mountain Lookout
Shadow Mountain Lookout.jpg
Front of the lookout
Shadow Mountain Lookout is located in Colorado
Shadow Mountain Lookout
Shadow Mountain Lookout is located in the United States
Shadow Mountain Lookout
Nearest cityGrand Lake, Colorado
Coordinates40°13′50″N 105°48′52″W / 40.23056°N 105.81444°W / 40.23056; -105.81444Coordinates: 40°13′50″N 105°48′52″W / 40.23056°N 105.81444°W / 40.23056; -105.81444
ArchitectNPS Landscape Architecture Division
MPSRocky Mountain National Park MRA (AD)
NRHP reference #78000279[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 2, 1978

The Shadow Mountain Lookout, also known as the Shadow Mountain Patrol Cabin, was built in Rocky Mountain National Park in 1932, to the design of the National Park Service San Francisco Landscape Architecture Division. It was regarded as one of the best National Park Service Rustic buildings in the national park system. It is now the only fire lookout surviving in Rocky Mountain National Park. Three other lookouts, now gone, were located at Twin Sisters Peak, the north fork of the Thompson River and near Long's Peak.[2] The lookout was built by Civilian Conservation Corps labor.[3]

Situated at an elevation of 9923 feet, the lookout is a three-story structure, with the first two stories in stone masonry, appearing to grow from a rock outcropping. The frame third story is topped by a pyramidal roof. The structure is near the summit of Shadow Mountain, looking over Grand Lake. The first floor has been used for visitor contact, while the second floor has been used as employee accommodation, usually for a married couple who would keep watch and deal with the public. The last summer season for use was 1978.[2][4]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b D. Ferrel Atkins and James Muhn (August 8, 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Shadow Mountain Lookout" (pdf). National Park Service.
  3. ^ Noel, Thomas J. (1997). Buildings of Colorado. Oxford University Press. p. 457. ISBN 0-19-515247-6.
  4. ^ "Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-12-15.