Latest News – October 29
Camp Hale Historic Ceremony Tomorrow, Oct.30
Tomorrow, October 30, there will be an historic ceremony at Camp Hale as the 157th Infantry Battalion from the Colorado Army National Guard is re-designated as a 10th Mountain Division Unit. The soldiers and Chief Executive Officers and officers of the first battalion 157th mountain infantry invite you to join them in an historic ceremony at Camp Hale at 1 p.m. as the Battalion aligns with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), 10th Mountain Division.
In addition for early comers, the Colorado Army National Guard 1-157 Bn will be re-patching to the 10th Mountain Division, and the ceremony will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. This marks a return of this historic patch to Colorado, and the return of real Mountain Troops to the Army’s inventory. There will be historic displays at the camp starting at 11 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to come early and view all of the interesting artifacts!
Areas Closed Around Camp Hale During Ceremony
The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District would like to remind the public that the following temporary road closures will occur Oct. 30 between 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. to accommodate the 10th Mountain Division Patching ceremony:
- A 1,500-foot east-west segment of NFSR 714.2 (Camp Hale Spur 1.B) between the Bailey bridge and the intersection with NFSR 714,
- A 1,500-foot north-south segment of NFSR 714 directly in front of the Climbing Wall.
Additionally, the Climbing Wall will also be closed during this time for ceremonial demonstrations by soldiers in traditional 10th Mountain Division uniforms.
“The Forest Service is excited to host the soldiers of 157th Infantry and their guests at historic Camp Hale this weekend,” said Aaron Mayville, District Ranger. “It will be a wonderful way to honor the legacy of the 10th Mountain Division, while also solidifying its ties here in the state of Colorado.”
The public is encouraged to attend the Patching Ceremony. Public recreation in the area may be impacted for several hours on these days due to the high number of visitors and organizations who are expected to attend the ceremony. Those wanting to recreate in the area are encouraged to use alternative access routes and trails. Additionally, the 10th Mountain Division will be utilizing the East Fork campground overnight on Oct. 29 for ceremony preparation.
Turquoise Lake Road Remains Closed for Tunnel Work
Firewood Permits for Sale Through November 15
Ifthe fairer weather has been making you put off that firewood chore, well chop-chop! The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest – Leadville Ranger District will cease selling Firewood Cutting Permits on November 15, 2016.
Permits can be purchased with cash, personal check, or money order made payable to the “U.S. Forest Service” at the Leadville Ranger District Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There is a minimum of three cords for purchase, and ten cords maximum per household. Cords are ten dollars each. Permits purchased in Leadville can also be used within the Salida Ranger District designated cutting areas.
Permits can continue to be filled until November 30, 2016, when all firewood cutting areas across the Leadville and Salida Ranger Districts close for the season. For more information, please contact the Leadville Ranger District at (719) 486-0749.