Ute Fire Tower Interpretive Site

Area Status: Closed
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The Ute Fire Tower was the first lookout tower in Utah to be built with above ground living quarters – today, it is the last such tower still standing in Utah. Completed in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Ute Fire Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the National Historic Lookout Register. Over the last 78 years, the Ute Fire Tower has come to symbolize the proud history of wildland firefighting on the Ashley National Forest. Today, the tower serves as an active lookout during the height of the forest’s fire season.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Staffed June-September Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. when firefighter is not assigned to a fire.  Please call ahead to ensure lookout will be staffed.
Area Amenities: Toilets
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Water: No
Restroom: Pit Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Vernal, Utah turn north on US 191. Drive 34.8 miles to Greendale Junction. Continue onto UT 44. Drive 14.7 miles to the upper (first) road to Sheep Creek Geological Loop. Turn left onto the Loop, drive 2 miles to FS 221 and travel 1 mile to FS 55. Turn left  and travel 1.3 miles to site. From Manila, Utah turn south on UT 44 and drive 13 miles to Sheep Creek Geological Loop.  Turn left onto the Loop, drive 2 miles to FS 221 and travel 1 mile to FS 55. Turn left  and travel 1.3 miles to site.

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Viewing Scenery

Flaming Gorge, the High Uintas, the historic Carter Military Highway and much more can be seen from the Ute Fire Tower.  On a clear day, views extend to Wyoming and Colorado.

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