We’ve already featured tiny house entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe‘s incredible projects, such as the Hobbit Hole in Washington and a Hawaiian treehouse, but the innovative builder has outdone herself with her latest project. Sitting high up in the tree canopy overlooking 13 acres of forested landscape in rural Idaho, Wolfe has converted a 1950s fire lookout tower into an incredibly unique Airbnb rental.
Located in Fernwood, Idaho, the tower, built on a soaring 40-foot frame, was originally used as a fire lookout by the Department of National Resources from 1959 until it was sold in 1983. After years being used as a hunting lodge, Wolfe purchased the building as well as the adjacent old woodshed to renovate the property into a gorgeous, rustic Airbnb rental.
Guests to the Crystal Peak Lookout climb up to the one-room, red cabin via a set of stairs. A wide deck wraps around the interior, providing stunning, open-air views of the wilderness. The interior space is a simple, well-organized room that sleeps two in the queen-sized bed with plush bedding. The cabin, which is open year-round, keeps nice and warm during the winter months thanks to a large wood-burning stove. A small kitchenette comes with all of the basics needed to cook your own meals.
In addition to the lovely, light-filled living space, there are two more structures located on the property. The first one is an unassuming pitched-roof outhouse, and the other is an old woodshed that Wolfe transformed into a wood-fired sauna. This tranquil building comes with an outdoor deck and seating around a firepit.
Additionally exciting for those looking for a completely authentic winter wonderland experience is a reconditioned vintage Snowcat that guests can use to explore the amazing snow-covered landscape. Just make sure to watch out for the moose!
Photography by Eva Seelye, Mike Sanders and Matthias Barker