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Camp Hale

Camp Hale site Photo, Vail, Colorado

Leaving Vail, we drove west to Minturn and then south to the old Camp Hale site. We imagined how remote the military installation would have been in the early 1940s when Vail was still an unknown. We reminisced back to the days when we stopped at Vail in the 1960s and saw only a few buildings and one ski lift. Fifty years ago the 10th Mountain Division probably never dreamed that a Colorado mountain village would be built near Camp Hale and become internationally famous for its skiing.

Nothing remains of Camp Hale now. Monuments have been erected that show pictures of the original camp, where old foundations and plumbing ruins are still visible. The military camp was located north of Leadville and south of what is now Vail on U.S. Highway 24. The site was chosen because of the railroad and highway access. A monument atop Tennessee Pass (a few miles south of Camp Hale) lists the names of the 992 men of the 10th Mountain Division who were killed in action.

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