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Camp Hale Observation Site

Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Ti Topo Maps: #109 Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass
USGS Maps: Pando

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General Description

Camp Hale Overlook and Interpretive Area
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Year-round (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) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Camp Hale Memorial Campground.
ICON Four-Wheel Driving The McAllister Gulch/Hornsilver, No Name, and Wearyman/Resolution four wheel drive roads can all be accessed from the Camp Hale area.
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Camp Hale is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Camp Hale Observation Site
ICON Picnicking Camp Hale Picnic Ground.
ICON Scenic Driving Camp Hale is located along Hwy. 24, a Colorado Scenic Byway.
ICON Viewing Scenery

Related Activities
Camp Hale Memorial Campground - The Camp Hale Memorial Campground is located in historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, at an elevation of 9200 feet. The campground consists of 21 sites and reservations are accepted.

Camp Hale Picnic Ground - The Camp Hale Picnic Ground is located at the Camp Hale Memorial Campground south of Minturn.

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.

No Name/Wurtz Ditch Four-Wheel Drive Road - The No Name Jeep Road is located south of Minturn. The road can link to Wurtz Ditch creating a loop back along Hwy. 24, however, snow fields remain late into the summer and the link is often not possible.

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

Wearyman/Resolution Four-Wheel Drive Road - The Wearyman Jeep Road begins east of Redcliff and eventually links to the Resolution Road, which leads to Hwy. 24 at Camp Hale.

More Information
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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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