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Camp Hale Memorial

White River National Forest

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Summary

Camp Hale Memorial Campground is a historic destination located in the Rocky Mountains at 9,200 feet. It was used by the 10th Mountain Division and 99th Infantry Battalion during WWII, and still contains the foundations of some of the buildings. There are 15 campsites, no electrical hook-ups, and visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, such as fishing, hiking and biking. Nearby, Vail offers a range of outdoor and indoor activities.

Overview

Camp Hale Memorial Campground sits at an elevation of 9,200 feet, offering guests a wonderful setting for recreation and relaxation. Camp Hale is historic because the 10th Mountain Division, an unit of 15,000 men, trained here in mountaineering and skiing techniques during WWII. Some saw combat in Italy during the war.

Most of the buildings have been torn down, but foundations and other "footprints" remain.

The 99th Infantry Battalion (Viking Battalion) also trained at Camp Hale. There are interpretive signs along US Rt. 24, explaining the history and accomplishments of Camp Hale.

Recreation

With the headwaters of the Eagle River nearby, anglers will find pockets of solitude, casting lines for rainbow and brown trout. The waterway was named by the local Ute Indians who thought there were as many branches of the river as there were tail feathers on an eagle.

Several ponds south of the campground offer good fishing opportunities.

The Colorado Trail crosses within walking distance of Camp Hale, and gravel roads provide easy walking and bike paths within the area.

Facilities

Camp Hale Memorial Campground has 15 standard sites able to accommodate tents, trailers and RVs.

The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, and vault toilets. Drinking water and electrical hook- ups are not available at this site. Visitors must provide their own water.

The road, parking area and spurs in the campground are gravel.

Natural Features

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting 8 wilderness areas, 4 defined seasons, and 10 peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.

This campground sits among a sparse growth of young Lodgepole pine in a wide, flat, open valley.

Nearby Attractions

The resort town of Vail is a popular destination for visitors to the area, offering downhill skiing, world-class fly fishing, dining and resorts. There is a multitude of outdoor and indoor opportunites in this mountain town.

Charges & Cancellations

Once your reservation start date has begun, neither the Recreation.gov Contact Center nor the campground manager will be able to modify your reservation.

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