National and State Register

Shadow Mountain Lookout

Grand County

Located near the summit of Shadow Mountain, the lookout is the last of four fire detection towers constructed in the park during the Great Depression.  Completed in 1933, the three-story lookout was reportedly built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

A black and white photo of the lookout with large stone walls and a platform under an overhanging roof.

Shadow Mountain Lookout 

The Rustic style lookout consists of a concrete foundation, two lower stories of uncoursed rubblestone masonry, and a frame upper story.  Because of its remote location, the construction of the tower was particularly difficult, with mules packing in many of the materials.  It remained in use until 1968.  Listed under Rocky Mountain National Park and the Historic Park Landscapes in National and State Parks Resources Multiple Property Submissions.