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Camping at Camp Hale East Fork Group Campground

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Location and Access

Camp Hale East Fork Group Campground is situated within the White River National Forest in Colorado, USA. The campground is located off Highway 24 between the towns of Leadville and Red Cliff. Access to the campground can be obtained by taking Highway 24 to the Camp Hale Memorial campground turnoff. The East Fork Group site is a short drive from the turnoff along a gravel road.

Campsites and Capacity

This group campground is designed to accommodate larger parties. The site can usually host a significant number of people, though specific capacity limits should be verified through the U.S. Forest Service or the campground reservation system as they can change over time.

Amenities

  • Picnic Tables: The group campsite typically features several picnic tables for meals and gatherings.
  • Fire Pits: Fire pits are often available for campfires, contingent on current fire restrictions.
  • Grills: Some sites may have grills available for cooking.
  • Restrooms: Vault toilets are standard for most group campsites, though campers should bring their own toilet paper and hygiene supplies.
  • Water: Potable water may or may not be available on-site. Campers should check ahead of time and plan to bring water if necessary.

Activities

  • Hiking: The area offers numerous trails, suitable for all experience levels, including access to parts of the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.
  • Fishing: Anglers can fish in the nearby Eagle River and other local streams, which may provide opportunities to catch trout.
  • Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is popular in the area with varied terrain suitable for different skill levels.
  • Historical Significance: The area is historically significant as the location of the former Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division trained during World War II.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations are typically required for group sites and can be made through the U.S. Forest Service or a designated campground reservation system. Fees for group sites are charged, which helps maintain the campground facilities. These can vary by season and are subject to change, so it is important to check current rates when planning your trip.

Rules and Regulations

  • Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are usually enforced to ensure all campers have a peaceful experience.
  • Fire Restrictions: Fire regulations must be adhered to, which can change based on the current fire danger level.
  • Wildlife: The area has abundant wildlife. Proper food storage is crucial to avoid attracting bears and other animals.
  • Pets: Pets are often welcome but must be controlled and on a leash.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles, packing out everything they bring in.

Season and Weather

Camping seasons can vary with unpredictable mountain weather. The campground is usually accessible from late spring through early fall, but conditions can change, so it is recommended to check the latest weather forecasts and be prepared for potential snowfall or cold temperatures, even in the summer.

Contact Information and Further Details

For the latest information, potential campers should contact the White River National Forest's local ranger district or visit the U.S. Forest Service's official website. This organization can provide the most up-to-date details on conditions, reservations, and any other camping inquiries.

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