Fire Lookout in the West

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Bear Basin Butte Overlook (Photo: Kenneth Wells)
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Want to really get away from it all? Maybe a former fire lookout or ranger cabin, miles from the nearest electrical outlet, is just the thing. Western states including California, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon are dotted with former stations now offered as very basic accommodations. Amenities vary by location. For instance, at the Bear Basin Lookout and Cabin in California's Six Rivers National Forest, the fire lookout and cabin come with beds and foam pads, tables and chairs, and fantastic scenery. At the Castle Butte Lookout in Idaho, you get 360 degrees of views, plus beds and a stove. Rates start at about $30 per night.

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