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Camp Hale Overlook and Interpretive Area
Welcome to the site of the historic Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division trained for winter mountainous warfare during World War II. The fourteen thousand men that were trained here fought heroically in the mountains of Northern Italy.
The Camp was constructed in 1942. At the peak of activity, there were 1022 buildings, plus other features such as parade grounds, a hospital, recreation areas, stables, and gunnery ranges to support the troops stationed here.
The camp was established here because of the natural setting of a large, flat valley bottom, surrounded by steep hillsides suitable for training in skiing, rock climbing, and cold weather survival.
Camp Hale was dismantled in the 1960's. Today, little remains of Camp Hale other than a few foundations, the rifle range and ski slopes. Camp Hale was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in April 1992. An interpretive site exists along Hwy. 24, near the south end of the valley.
Many of today's ski areas were founded by veterans of the 10th Mountain Division who first learned to ski at Camp Hale.
Local guide services are available to learn more about this area.
Directions from Vail: Take I-70 west 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. Look for the first major turnoff on the left (east) side onto a dirt road entering Camp Hale.
Directions from Beaver Creek: Take I-70 east 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. Look for the first major turnoff on the left (east) side onto a dirt road entering Camp Hale.
(NOTE: Hwy 24, which runs past Camp Hale and provides an overview of the area, is open year round. Roads and facilities within Camp Hale are open for vehicle travel Summer and Fall)