Devil’s Head Tower is the last active fire-lookout tower in Colorado. The current tower was built 1n 1951, though there’s been a tower at the site since 1908. This article from the Denver Post gives a great history and background on Devil’s Head.
Devil’s Head Tower is also a great hike with spectacularly panoramic views of Colorado’s Front Range. We decided to make the hike after seeing another photographer’s fall captures. If you’re in shape it really isn’t a difficult hike, though the 143 steps to the Fire Tower itself just might kick your backside a bit, especially at 9748 feet.
The Lookout Tower is just over an hour south of Denver and a little north and east of Colorado Springs. You can find Google Map directions here. The hike itself is a 2.8 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 940 feet.
And it’s worth every foot.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the hike.