An open house
for the restored Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout
is planned on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
Hosted by Sublette County Historic Preservation
Board and Bridger-Teton National
Forest, the lookout is remotely located on
Deadline Ridge in the Wyoming Range. The
trip provides a grand view and an opportunity
to see this restored iconic structure that
represents an important part of the history of
Built in 1941 by the Civilian Conservation
Corps, this fire lookout was used into the late
1960s. It was later decommissioned once airplanes
and better communication technology
allowed for faster ways to detect and report
wildfires. As happens with so many of these
structures that are no longer in active use, the
lookout fell into disrepair and was deteriorating.
Very few of the original fire lookouts remain
on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Members of the Sublette County Historic
Preservation Board took on the project of
bringing this lookout and its important history
back to life. Board members conducted
a “Clean It, Fix It, Paint It” project that lasted
three years. Board members repaired, rebuilt
and replaced several windows, repaired and
replaced roof shingles, and repaired the chimney
on the roof.
More dramatically, with cooperation from
archaeologists from the U.S. Forest Service to
find the original paint colors, the volunteers
repainted the lookout back to its original colors.
This included repainting the large white
“8” on the roof which identified it from the
air. Board members also worked with the
Green River Valley Museum to put in an
interpretive display about the lookout at the
The Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout is
located high in the Wyoming Range. It sits at
about 10,000 feet elevation and has an incredible
view of the Wyoming Range and Snyder
Basin area. It is about a 45-minute drive
southwest of Big Piney taking somewhat of a
maze of backcountry forest roads to get there.
High-clearance vehicles are recommended.
Parking is very limited, so for the open house,
carpooling is strongly encouraged.
During the open house visitors will have a
chance to take in the sweeping scenic view,
look at the restoration work, and sign the
lookout’s guest register. U.S. Forest Service
representatives will be on hand with educational
2019 is the 50th Anniversary of Smokey
the Bear for the Forest Service, so there will
be additional information about 50 years of
forest management and public education
about fire suppression and fire’s role in the
ecology of a healthy forest. The Sublette
County Historic Preservation Board will provide
lemonade and cookies for refreshments.
Bring a chair and your own bigger lunch and
drinks if you would like.
Accommodations are very rustic and
there are no services or conveniences at the
lookout. Also, the wind can get very strong
at times, so earlier is often better than later
to visit the site. Very young children should
be carefully supervised at this mountain top
location. Sunscreen and mosquito spray also
To get to the Deadline Ridge Lookout from
Big Piney, go south 3 miles and take the Calpet
Road turn off. Directions are a bit complicated
from there, so watch for the “Open
House” directional signs along the way. For
those who cannot make the open house, be
sure to visit the Green River Valley Museum
in Big Piney and see the Deadline Lookout
display in the white Conservation District