“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Red Cliff in Eagle County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Construction of Camp Hale

10th Mountain Division


U.S. Army

Construction of Camp Hale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dan Peterson, August 21, 2013
1. Construction of Camp Hale Marker
Inscription. Camp Hale is the only site developed by the United States Army specifically for mountain and winter warfare training. The location provided natural features necessary for training and convenient access by both a Federal Highway and the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. The large open valley accommodated the more than 1,000 buildings and structures as well as parade grounds, weapons ranges and much more. Construction of Camp Hale took place between April and November of 1942. The camp was officially opened on November 16. Pando Constructors recruited thousands of men and women to build the base. As part of the construction, the Eagle River was channeled through the Camp. The construction of such a large facility in a short period of time was a common experience across the United States during World War II. This achievement was extraordinary however, given the rugged conditions of the area. (Marker Number 1.)
Location. 39° 26.168′ N, 106° 19.32′ W. Marker is near Red Cliff, Colorado, in Eagle County. Marker is on Camp Hale 1 (U.S. 24) near Camp Hale Spur 1B, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The site is approximately 8 miles South of Red Cliff, CO and 16 miles North of Leadville, CO on the East side of US 24. Marker is in this post office area: Red Cliff CO 81649, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norwegian Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Office of Stratigic Services (O.S.S.) NORSO (Rype Group) Special Force (approx. 5.2 miles away); 10th Mountain Division Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Mount of the Holy Cross (approx. 8.4 miles away); Vail / Vail Pass Country (approx. 8.4 miles away); 10th Mountain Division (approx. 8.4 miles away); Matchless Mine (approx. 12.7 miles away); Healy House (approx. 12.8 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located in a set of 3 historical markers about Camp Hale.
Regarding Construction of Camp Hale. The markers are visible from US Highway 24 on the East side.
Categories. War, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dan Peterson of Glen Allen, Virginia. This page has been viewed 562 times since then and 203 times this year. Last updated on , by Dan Peterson of Glen Allen, Virginia. Photo   1. submitted on , by Dan Peterson of Glen Allen, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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