Devil's Head Lookout Tower

The Devil's Head Fire Lookout Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The base of the tower can be reached via the Devil's Head Trail (#611), a 1.4-mile long route with an elevation gain of 865 feet. The lookout is situated at 9,748 feet elevation.

The site is historically significant for its long association with conservation efforts of the US Forest Service in Colorado. In 1907 the newly created Forest Service planned seven principal lookouts along the Front Range of the Rockies between New Mexico and Wyoming. Devil's Head was selected to be the location of one of these lookouts. It was one of only four lookouts that were eventually established; three in Colorado, and one in Wyoming. In addition to Devil's Head, there were Twin Sisters near Estes Park, Squaw Peak near Mt. Evans and Medicine Bow Peak in Wyoming. The site has been in continuous use since 1912 and is the last full time lookout in Colorado.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Winter closure information: Rampart Range road (#300) is closed annually by December 1 and remains closed throughout the winter. The road reopens when conditions are favorable for summer recreation. A target date is April 1, but weather conditions may delay opening until late-May.
Open Season: Mid-June - October
  • Hours for parking and trail use are limited to one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.
  • No overnight camping and no campfires.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times and are not allowed on the tower stairs, or inside the lookout.
  • Pack it in; pack it out.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles
  • Stay on designated trail. Do not cut switchbacks.
Closest Towns: Sedalia, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Information Center: Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information


The Devils Head Trailhead can be reached by traveling approximately ten miles west of Sedalia on Highway 67 to the Rampart Range Road. Turn left (south) on the Rampart Range Road for approximately eight and one-half miles to the Trailhead.

General Notes:

The lookout may be open to public visitation when staffed.


Parking is available at the trailhead, or at the overflow area located at the junction of NFSR300.


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  Elevation : 
8,885' - 9,748'