Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Laramie Ranger District rental

*Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout is currently closed indefinitely until fire damage is analyzed in the area and covid restricions are removed.

Live a bit of history and enjoy incredible views of southeastern Wyoming including Medicine Bow Peak, Rob Roy Reservoir, Jelm Mountain, and the southern end of the Snowy Range. Formerly used to detect fires, the tower rises 55 feet above a forested mountaintop in the Medicine Bow mountain range. The tower was renovated and opened to the public for overnight rental in 1997. The rental fee is $40 per night and is open Mid-June through October 1st, weather permitting. Maximum rental is two consecutive nights with no more than ten nights in a calendar year and no more than three weekends in a calendar year. Additional camping is allowed below the tower, with a total of ten occupants at the site.

Amenities include: propane refridgerator, stove with oven, heater, lamps, two single beds, four chairs and table, hoist (pully and rope), historic fire finder, and more. No water is available at the tower. A pit toilet is located nearby. Elevation at the tower is 10,003 feet. Visitors should prepare for high altitude conditions. During the summer average daytime temperature is 70 degrees with a low of 30 degrees at night or during thunderstorms. During lightning storms, stay in cab and do not touch metal furnishings.

The tower is located seven miles west of Albany, Wyoming on FS road 500, a well-graveled road accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles. This area is managed by the Laramie Ranger District.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to covid restrictions
Reservations: Overnight Rental - call Recreation.gov at: 1-877-441-6777
Fees $40/Night for the lookout
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Albany, WY; Laramie, WY
Water: No water
Restroom: Pit Toilet
Information Center: Laramie Ranger District
307-745-2300
2468 Jackson St
Laramie, WY 82070

General Information

Directions: Take Hwy 130 west of Laramie to Hwy 11 and Albany, WY. The tower is located seven miles west of Albany, Wyoming on Forest Road #500, a well-graveled road accessible by two-wheel-drive vehicles. Hiking and scenic driving opportunities abound nearby.

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