Camp Hale proposed as national landscape

By Randy Wyrick

CAMP HALE — The birthplace of the famed 10th Mountain Division is also the birthplace of Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry, and Sen. Michael Bennet is trying to declare it a National Historic Landscape.Bennet made the announcement in front of 10th Mountain Division legends Sandy Treat and Crosby Perry-Smith, and a small crowd of their families and friends, amid the remains of Camp Hale’s recreation hall.Perry-Smith smiled, nodded at the senator and declared it “an excellent idea.”Perry-Smith was on Riva Ridge, a 1,500-foot climb the Nazis didn’t think could be done in the daylight. Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division climbed …

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