10 Reasons You Should Rent a Fire Tower Lookout for Your Next Trip

Fire tower lookouts are typically located at the highest elevation point in a particular area, basically guaranteeing breathtaking views. They're also affordable. Browse this gallery to tour a few towers in California and Oregon and learn more about what renting a fire tower is like. Find fire towers for rent here.

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Photo By: Alison Turner

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You'll be on top of the world! Well, not really but it will feel like you are. Most fire towers are set on the top of the highest mountain in the area, so you'll get 365-degree views. Drake Peak Lookout in Oregon offers incredible views of the Warner Mountain Range from its elevation at 8,222 feet.

Pictured: Drake Peak Lookout

You can bring your four-legged family members. A vacation isn’t complete unless you get to share it with your best friend, and fire towers are pet-friendly, including McCarthy Point Lookout.

Pictured: McCarthy Point Lookout

You get to have your own private cabin on a hill. You will be the only structure for miles, which means no loud camper generators running all day next to you or kids running through your camp. All you’ll hear are the sounds of nature. We should mention that the remote aspect of fire towers also means amenities are limited. Most do not have water or electricity and require you to bring your own supplies. Think of staying in a fire tower lookout as an alternative to camping.

Pictured: McCarthy Point Lookout

It’s affordable for the entire family, and the proceeds go back to our forest service. Be sure to book in advance since some of the towers are quite popular. Many times, you can find availability from cancellations closer to your desired booking date. This fire tower in Lassen National Forest in California costs about $40 a night.

Pictured: McCarthy Point Lookout

Fire towers are easy to book online, and travel time to access can be short. There are several towers to choose from, so you may find one that’s relatively close to your house. They're most common in western states like California, Oregon and Montana. Check availability and book here.

Pictured: Black Mountain Lookout

You'll get to soak up the great outdoors. Studies show that being in nature for extended periods of time can improve your overall health and wellness. Oak Flat Lookout offers sweeping views of Sequoia National Forest in California.

Pictured: Oak Flat Lookout

It makes a great story. There will always be something to remember during your one-of-a-kind stay at a tower. Maybe it’s the steep ladder (some soar high above the ground), the unpredictable weather or a special memory shared with a loved one.

Pitcured: Oak Flat Lookout

You'll have incredible views of the mountains by day and stars at night. You will be amazed at how bright the night sky will be. Most fire towers have windows around the majority, if not the entire, building. Take advantage of prime stargazing spots by renting a fire tower.

Pictured: McCarthy Point Lookout

You'll experience the best sunrises and sunsets. There’s nothing better than waking up early, making coffee and watching the hills come alive with the morning sun.

Pictured: Black Mountain Lookout

It's an adventure! Plain and simple. Shake up your routine and do something new by skipping the basic hotel or typical campsite on your next trip and planning a visit to a fire tower lookout rental instead.

Pictured: Black Mountain Lookout