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Quick Facts

East Fork Group Site

Capacity: 200 People 1 group site, can accommodate 200 people
Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 10 Days
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Status: Required




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General Description

Ranch Creek Area at Camp Hale
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Ranch Creek Area at Camp Hale
INTRODUCTION
This group campground site is located within historic Camp Hale, a training ground primarily used by the military during World War II.

Camp Hale is partially responsible for the creation of Vail and Beaver Creek Ski resorts, as some of the soldiers who trained at Camp Hale returned to start these world class ski areas. Be sure to read the information sign posted at a turnoff on Highway 24, just a quarter mile south of the turn off for this road.


FACILITIES

Campsites: 1 group, up to 200 people

Water: Hand Pump

Tables: 16

Fire Grates: 2

Toilets: Vault Type

Electric Hookups: Not Available

Dump Station: Not Available

OTHER INFORMATION
Campground Host: No
Level of Use: Moderate
Trash Service: Available

Directions from Vail: Take I-70 to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south, through the town of Minturn, and continue a total distance of 14 miles from the interstate until you reach a valley opening. Turn onto the second major turnoff for Camp Hale, on the left (east) side, marked by stone pillars. Follow the road to the immediate right, and at .5 mile from Hwy 24 take a left at the "Y", then a right at the next "Y". Follow this road south approximately 1 mile, until it reaches another "Y". Take a right across the creek and follow the road for 300 feet.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Take I-70 to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south, through the town of Minturn, and continue a total distance of 14 miles from the interstate until you reach a valley opening. Turn onto the second major turnoff for Camp Hale, on the left (east) side, marked by stone pillars. Follow the road to the immediate right, and at .5 mile from Hwy 24 take a left at the "Y", then a right at the next "Y". Follow this road south approximately 1 mile, until it reaches another "Y". Take a right across the creek and follow the road for 300 feet.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day or September (NOTE: Currently closed (Summer 2001) due to the discovery of unexploded military munitions. Opening date as determined by US Army Corps of Engineers.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Group Camping- prices subject to change Call for Current Fee Based on number of people. In



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
CLOSED. Opening undetermined. Updated: 2001-06-13 11:30:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing East Fork Eagle River, Forest Road 714.
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving The McAllister Gulch/Hornsilver, No Name, Ranch Creek and Wearyman/Resolution four wheel drive roads can all be accessed from the Camp Hale area.
yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Colorado Trail: Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass and Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Colorado Trail: Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass and Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass
No
ICON Big Game Hunting surrounding area
Yes
ICON Small Game Hunting surrounding area
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Camp Hale
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Colorado Trail: Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass and Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass; and Forest Road 714, East Fork Eagle River.
No
ICON Picnicking
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Ranch Creek Road, #755; Resolution Road, #702; McAllister Gulch, #708
Yes



Nearby Services

Nearest Pay Phone: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 1 mile north on HWY. 24 at Camp Hale main entrance.

Gas Station: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 15 miles north in Minturn

Nearest Hospital: local (Private - Profit) Directions: 21 miles northeast in Vail

Nearest Pay Phone: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 1 mile north on HWY 24 at Camp Hale main entrance.



Related Activities
Camp Hale Observation Site - Camp Hale is the historic training site of the 10th Mountain Division, which trained here during W.W.II. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Colorado Trail - Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass - This portion of the Colorado Trail leads from historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, to Tennessee Pass.

Colorado Trail- Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass - This portion of the Colorado Trail leads from historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, to Kokomo Pass.

McAllister Gulch/Hornsilver Mountain Four-Wheel Dr - This steep and difficult jeep road begins south of Minturn at Camp Hale. It eventually links into the Wearyman, then the Shrine Pass roads, ending in the town of Redcliff.

Ranch Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - This jeep road south of Minturn, climbs four miles from Camp Hale, to scenic meadows with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.



More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US HWY 24, P.O. Box 190 , Minturn, CO, 81645, Phone: 970-827-5715, Fax: 970-827-9343

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