Channel your inner Kerouac by staying in one of these fire lookouts. Photos by: Maria Lioy
Way back when, a famous author by the name of Jack Kerouac stayed in a fire lookout for 63 days. While there, he actually didn't get any writing done at all, it seems he was just taking in the view. You can do the same thing for as little as $20 a night.
1. Hornet Mountain Lookout
Hornet Mountain is located just west of Glacier National Park in Montana. You'll need to drive some unpaved roads to get here, but the views and isolation make it worth the trek. Add this to the list of places you can stay for $20 a night. It's available from mid-June to October.
2. Hirz Mountain Lookout
Hirz Mountain Lookout is located just north of Redding, California. Sitting at 3,540 feet, this lookout offers amazing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the mighty McCloud River. Due to being in California, a state with higher taxes, the rent is a little bit more expensive, but still reasonable at $75 a night. Check the Recreation.gov site for contact info and availability.
3. Shorty Peak Lookout
Shorty Peak is located in northern Idaho and requires a little bit of hiking to get to, but you get what you hike for! The hike is only 2.5 miles, but it gains 1200 feet in elevation as you go. When you reach the lookout, you'll get to spend the night in a newly refurbished 15 x 15 cabin. This is a great spot to kick back and relish in the beauty of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. You can stay here for just $25 a night, but you must book at least four days in advance.
If you want to see a list of all the fire lookouts you can stay in around the country, head over to the Fire Lookout site.
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