In Part I of this post I told you about the Jamboree activities. In this post, I'll tell you more about where we camped and ATV'ing up the mountain.
The Jamboree was held at Camp Hale in the mountains near Leadville. It has an extremely interesting history! It is a large, flat valley bottom, surrounded by steep hillsides which the military determined were suitable for training in skiing, rock climbing, and cold weather survival skills. Use of Camp Hale started in 1942 and included the 10th Mountain Division, and various other military groups conducting mountain and winter warfare training exercises. From 1959 through 1965, the CIA apparently also secretly trained Tibetan soldiers there. Camp Hale was deactivated in 1965 and the lands returned to the Forest Service in 1966.
On our ATV we explored various areas within Camp Hale, some of which have historical markers. The most fun was four-wheeling up to what felt like, the top of the mountain. The views were amazing! We even made a snowman - he's on the seat of the ATV in the photo. He actually tried to steal the ATV right after this picture was taken and we had to chase him down - little bugger!
Does anyone else have recommendations for ATV'ing spots with great views?