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The Mount Coolidge Lookout and Fire Tower was one of the last projects completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. Built of local stone, the tower rests atop a 6,023-foot peak and is still used today as a fire lookout and dispatch center. As the highest point in central Custer State Park, it offers breathtaking 360-degree views from the top of the fire tower. On a clear day, you can see the Badlands nearly 60 miles away in the east.
The road to Mount Coolidge is open in daylight hours throughout the summer, generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If the gate at the base of the mountain is open, visitors may proceed to the top.
A 1.7-mile gravel road leads visitors to the top of the mountain. Large vehicles and motorhomes should avoid making the trip, as the road is narrow and winding.