Camp Hale, between Red Cliff and Leadville in the Eagle River valley in Colorado, was a U.S. Army training facility constructed in 1942 for what became the 10th Mountain Division. It was named for General Irving Hale and was at an elevation of 9,200 feet (2,800 m) above sea level. Onslow S. Rolfe, who had developed mountain warfare techniques as commander of the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, was selected to command Camp Hale.To visit Camp Hale Memorial Campground and other attractions in Vail, use our Vail visit planner.
Soldiers were trained in mountain climbing, Alpine and Nordic skiing, cold-weather survival as well as various weapons and ordnance. When it was in full operation, approximately 15,000 soldiers were housed there.
The creation of an elite ski corps was a national effort, with assistance from the National Association of Ski Patrol, local ski clubs, and Hollywood. Enough men were recruited to create three army regiments, which were deployed after training. Camp Hale was decommissioned in November 1945.
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The remnants of what was Camp Hale is a short drive from Vail, but worthwhile. The 10th Mountain Division trained here before being sent to fight in the mountains in Italy during WW II. There are... more »
Constructed in 1942 for what became the 10th Mountain Division. An amazing place (ruins still exist) where the U.S. Army 10th Mountain trained for World War II. Designated as a mountain warfare... more »
The history of the 10th Mountain Division is on full display here. Great historical journey!
Wonderful historical site! Secluded campsites and clean vaulted toilets. Simply a beautiful location!
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