1 night minimum, 2 night maximum
Live a little bit of history and enjoy an incredible view in Southwestern Colorado with an overnight stay at the Jersey Jim Fire Lookout Tower. Formerly used to detect fires, the live-in tower rises from an aspen-lined meadow in the San Juan National Forest at almost 10,000 feet above sea level. The Jersey Jim was home to U.S. Forest Service fire lookouts from the 1940's to the 1970's. An historic log book inside its cab, or living quarters, chronicles their experiences. The Tower was renovated and saved from demolition in 1991 by the Jersey Jim Foundation, a non-profit volunteer organization, which operates and maintains the Tower under permit with the San Juan National Forest.
The renovated tower is located 14 miles north of Mancos on Forest Road #561, a well-graveled forest road accessible by two-wheel-drive vehicles. Travelers should watch for livestock and wildlife and keep speeds under 30 miles per hour. The Tower cab includes the original furniture and propane heating and lighting. Guests must bring their own supplies. Water is available from a hand pump at Transfer Campground four miles before the Tower on Forest Road #561. Water and supplies can be hoisted up to the cab via a pulley. Visitors are asked to follow basic rules of sanitation. Trash should be bagged and removed from the premises. Hiking and scenic driving opportunities abound nearby. Visitors should be prepared for high altitude conditions. Summertime temperatures average 75 degrees but can drop as low as 40 degrees at night or during thunder storms. Available within an hour's drive via U.S. Highway 160 (part of the San Juan Skyway) are Mesa Verde National Park, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train and the Anasazi Heritage Center. Information on the San Juan National Forest and nearby attractions can be found at the Mancos Visitor Center and Dolores Ranger District just minutes away. Gas, groceries, hardware, motels, restaurant, churches and medical services are also available in Mancos.
No more than 4 (adults) are permitted at one time at the Jersey Jim Fire Lookout Tower (NO children under 8 years old); all must named in the Rental/Disclaimer Agreement.
One room – Small kitchen area with a refrigerator, cookstove and oven. There is a sink with a table and 4 chairs. One full bed, you may need to brng a mattress or cot for additinal guests. Jersey John (outhouse) is located at the base of the tower.
Cabinet with pots/pans, serving and dinner dishes, glassware/cups, silverware and coffee pot. Propane heater also. There IS cell service, but no Wi-Fi service. Mops, brooms, buckets and cleaning supplies are all provided. You will need to bring groceries, drinking water, all personal toiletries, towels/wash clothes and all bedding including pillows.
Outdoor charcoal grill and picnic table. All trash must be kept within the buildings and removed when you depart. No potable water – bring your drinking/cooking water.
It is the YOUR responsibility to thoroughly clean the accommodation before you leave in preparation for the next guest. A cleaning fee will be charged in the event a volunteer has to do the cleaning.
Mountain and Rural
Kitchen & dining
Cooking utensils, Kitchen stove and Refrigerator
Heating & cooling
Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit and Smoke Detector
Check in: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check out: 12:00 PM (noon)