Ute Mountain Lookout was the first and is the last standing fire tower with living quarters above ground in Utah. The tower offers a panoramic view of the Ashley National Forest and surrounding area. From it, an observer can see over 360 square miles of virtually uninhabited northeastern slope of the Uinta Mountain Range.
The lookout is no longer used to spot fires. Airplanes and other technology are now important for fire detection. Due to the tower's role in forest history and the efforts of those who preserved and restored it for operational use, Ute Lookout is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it stands as a monument to a part of our cultural heritage—the early years of fire prevention and detection of the Forest Service. Access to the top of the Tower is closed for renovation, but the site is still accessible for ground observation.