I love checking out old fire towers. Typically they require you to hike to them, however, you can drive to the Mount Coolidge Fire Tower. Just be careful driving the long, bending, and narrow road to get to it! In fact, on many other sites, they call it a drive on a terrifying road. It is a narrow road with sharp (blind) turns with sharp drop-offs on one side. So, it is important to go slow and watch for oncoming traffic!
Once you have reached the top, you find yourself surrounded by breathtaking views.
Mount Coolidge Fire Tower History
Complete in the 1930’s and built from local stone, it sits upon a 6,023-foot peak and still used today as a fire tower and dispatch center.
As I stated about, you will find yourself on a 1.7 mile very narrow and blind curve gravel road. Motorhomes, large vehicles, buses, etc… should NOT travel this road! Go slow and watch for approaching traffic!
Mount Coolidge Fire Tower and Lookout is located in Custer State Park, 3 miles south of Hwy 16A on SD 87. Watch for the gravel road turnoff for the tower on SD 87!
It is only open during the daylight hours (typically 9am-5pm) during the summer.
On a clear day, you can see the Badlands; 60 miles away!
Drive slowly! I know I already said it multiple times above, but I cannot stress this enough! It is a popular spot and you can’t see oncoming traffic around the curves.
Bring your camera! The views are amazing and there are a lot of photo ops! Make sure to take a panorama if you are completing items from the Ultimate Black Hills Bucket List!