Canjilon Mountain Lookout Site
US 2088, NM 5
Observer's cabin

Observer's cabin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 2088, NM 5 (view other lookout sites in United States, New Mexico)
Date Registered May 22, 2022
Nominated by Mark Gutzman
Location Carson National Forest
Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Coordinates N 36° 34.080' W 106° 21.083' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 34' 05" W 106° 21' 05"
N 36.568004° W 106.351390°
Elevation 10,913 ft (3,326 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


Located on the Canjilon Ranger District, this site no longer has a lookout tower. It had a wooden tower with a platform that was abandoned in 1922 after several lightening strikes occurred, one of which killed the lookout guard in front of his family. The Canjilon district was established in 1909 and the lookout was constructed shortly after that date.

The lookout's cabin remains at the site. It is wooden framed and measures 10'x14'. The exterior was painted green; interior walls are painted half green and half white. The bunkbed constructed of spruce poles remains in the cabin. The interior and exterior walls are built of 1"x6" rough lumber. There is a pitched tin roof topped with a bar which may have provided lightning protection. The cabin's foundation is cement. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nominated in the 1988 "Lookouts of the Southwestern Region" thematic nomination. It is listed as the Victor Ortega Cabin.


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