DEADWOOD LOOKOUT REC CABIN, ID

Deadwood Lookout Recreation Cabin is a historic former Forest Service fire lookout on Deadwood Mountain. The structure provides sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding forest, making this a unique place to overnight. At least two other lookouts have existed previously on Deadwood...
Status: Open through Sun Oct 12 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Please call the Scenic Canyons Recreational Services at (435) 245-6521 or Emmett Ranger District at (208) 365-7000 four days prior to your arrival to confirm the lock combination for the cabin; the combination will be on confirmation later but can change at any time
  • No water is available at the lookout or within its vicinity
  • No garbage service; trash must be packed out
  • Please clean the cabin before leaving
  • Weather conditions and snow may delay opening of the road to Deadwood Lookout beyond the planned opening date and may force early closure of the road prior to the planned closing date
  • Livestock, such as saddle, pack or draft animals, is not allowed at this site
  • Click here for more information about Boise National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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Pets Allowed - no
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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Overview

Overview

Deadwood Lookout Recreation Cabin is a historic former Forest Service fire lookout on Deadwood Mountain. The structure provides sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding forest, making this a unique place to overnight.

At least two other lookouts have existed previously on Deadwood Mountain, but the current one was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was actively used as a fire lookout until 1972. It has since become one of the most popular rental cabins in Idaho.

The peak season is late June through mid-October. Guests can drive to the cabin, but high clearance vehicles are recommended for the dirt access road because it is narrow, steep and winding.

The cabin offers only a few basic amenities. Guests should be prepared to bring most of what they need to make themselves comfortable, but the views of the mountains by day and the stars at night guarantee a memorable and rewarding experience.

Natural Features:

The cabin is perched atop Deadwood Mountain at an elevation of 8,200 feet. A variety of colorful wildflowers bloom around the base of the cabin in the summer, and stands of conifers dot the landscape.

Mornings bring unobstructed views of sunrises. Guests can watch the sun set each evening and then gaze out at an endless canopy of stars.

Wildlife enthusiasts may spot elk, deer and bear in the surrounding area. Bull moose have occasionally been spotted along nearby trails. Guests may find swallows and other birds nesting just outside the lookout.

Recreation:

Hikers and mountain bikers have access to three nearby trails: Scott Mountain, Julie Creek and Nellie's Basin. The Deadwood Ridge Trail is a popular destination for equestrians, hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Click here for an Idaho OHV Safety Message.

Facilities:

This rustic cabin is a 14x14-ft. room equipped with two single beds with mattresses that can be fastened together. A wood stove is available for heating and cooking. A wood counter with shelf and a table with two chairs complete the furnishings. A vault toilet is located outside and below the lookout. The cabin is surrounded by an exterior catwalk.

No water, electricity or firewood is available. Guests must bring their own water supply, as well as trash bags to pack out garbage. Bedding, pillows, cookware, kitchen utensils and tableware are not provided.

Guests are expected to clean the lookout before leaving. A broom and dustpan are provided for this purpose.

Booking Window
Sun Sep 07 2014 - Tue Mar 03 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri Jun 27 2014 Sun Oct 12 2014
Peak Fri Jun 26 2015 Sun Oct 11 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Hiking
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Star Gazing
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jun 27 2014 -
Oct 12 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $30.00-$50.00
Peak Season
Jun 26 2015 -
Oct 11 2015
CABIN NONELECTRIC $30.00-$50.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.10889, -115.70333
44°6'32"N, 115°42'12"W

From Boise, Idaho, take Highway 55 north about 35 miles to Banks, Idaho. Turn right (east) on Banks-Lowman Road and proceed 25 miles to the junction with Forest Road 555. Turn left (north) on Road 555 and proceed 9 miles to the junction of Forest Roads 555 and 555EC. Turn right on 555EC and proceed 3 miles to Deadwood Lookout Recreation Cabin at the end of the road.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

DEADWOOD LOOKOUT REC CABIN
1805 HIGHWAY 16, ROOM 5
EMMETT  ID  83617

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)462-2865