Now is the time to book cabin and lookout rentals for the summer through recreation.gov. Properties can be rented up to 180 days in advance and more popular properties are already booking up during popular summer months. With the growing use of aircraft for fire detection, fewer lookouts have been staffed in recent years and many are converted to cabin rentals available to the public.
This week we are highlighting a lookout near St. Regis, Montana. Up Up Lookout is 40 feet tall giving guests a bird’s eye view of the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana. The lookout sits at an elevation of 5,900 feet and is a fantastic place by which to view the St. Regis River drainage and the high alpine country.
The wooden tower was built in the 1930s and used as a fire lookout for several years. Many activities are available around the area including the Up Up Ridge hiking trail that leads to Ward and Eagle Peaks.
Big game hunters often camp along the ridge. It is also a great place to see vibrantly colored fall leaves, beautiful waterfalls, wildlife, do some berry picking and even fishing. The area holds many scenic and recreational attractions.
Up Up Lookout has a twin bed and mattress pad and can sleep up to four people. Propane lights and heater are equipped along with a fire ring and grill at the base of the tower along with an outhouse with vault toilet.
Most of the basics are provided but guest will need to bring beddings, towels, soap, cooking and eating utensils. Toilet paper and garbage bags are not provided either. Guests will need to bring water for drinking cooking and cleaning purposes as well, and cleaning the facility before check out is expected.
This lookout facility can be rented through www.recreation.gov and Up Up facility can be found at this link.