Monjeau Peak Lookout

Total Miles


2,924.02 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The Monjeau Peak Lookout is a historical location of the Smokey Bear District that was originally built in 1936 and gives spectacular views of the Ruidoso, NM area, the Mescalero Reserve, and open views from the tower itself. The road is decently maintained and will be accessible for most vehicles including passenger cars that can handle some of the slightly steeper grades. There are no large obstacles along the road and it is typically wide enough for two vehicles with the exception of a few small sections that narrow near the summit. USFS closes the upper portion of the trail that is just past the small neighborhood at just over 3 miles from the start. The Lookout motorized access is open from 05/01 to 10/31, however, the lower section of the road will remain open year-round. Dispersed camping is permitted along the trail but is only permitted on the southern side of the road between the start of the trail and the Villa Madonna neighborhood. During the open dates and past the neighborhood, dispersed camping is permitted on either side of the road or the Skyline Campground can be utilized for tent camping. There are multiple hiking trails in the area as well as multiple campgrounds in the surrounding area. Cell service is strong and the Skyline Campground does have vault toilets and picnic tables.

Photos of Monjeau Peak Lookout

Monjeau Peak Lookout
Monjeau Peak Lookout
Monjeau Peak Lookout


There are no large obstacles along the length of the trail, however, drivers should check road conditions after rain or snow melt. Road surface is a combination of rock and dirt that some 2WD vehicles may find difficult after rain.

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Status Reports

Matt Jones
May 25, 2024
Temporarily Closed
Fire Danger
Blue _2 wildfire at Buck Mountain nearby. Law enforcement had all access points closed off.

Access Description

From Highway 48, turn west onto 532 in Alto, NM. The entrance to the lookout road is located 1 mile from the 532 turnoff on the north side of the road. There are signs directing drivers to its location.

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