Camp Hale National Monument
Issue: Wild Lands
Partner: Vet Voice Foundation
Airport Origin : Eagle, CO
October 12th, 2022, was a monumental day - President Biden designated Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument! The day before, in anticipation of this designation, we conducted an overflight with vets, reporters, and dedicated conservationists over Camp Hale!
This beloved landscape holds immense historical, ecological, and recreational value - and is now forever protected through the 53,804 acres Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument. Camp Hale is a World War II training facility for the Army's 10th Mountain Division. Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, between Red Cliff and Leadville, the landscape has unmeasurable values.
Our flight examined the mountainous terrain at Camp Hale where World War II troops prepared for alpine warfare conditions, learning how to ski, snowshoe, mountaineer, and survive in harsh winter environments. Following the war, the vets used their newfound love of skiing to establish around 62 American ski resorts. 10th Mountain Division veterans have been a strong voice of advocacy to protect Camp Hale. This designation is a great honor for our nation's few remaining 10th Mountain Division vets. And, the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument preserves an ecologically important landscape and protect critical big-game migration corridors. The EcoFlight team is excited to be a part of this conservation effort, and thankful for the dedicated work of our partners to protect Camp Hale and its historic legacy.