October 12, 2022

Coalition Celebrates Camp Hale-Continental Divide
National Monument Designation

Today, President Biden used his power under the Antiquities Act to create the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument. The site, located in Colorado, protects a World War II-era military training ground, as well as striking landscapes and wildlife habitat along the Continental Divide and the Tenmile Range in the Rocky Mountains. This is the first national monument designated by the Biden administration.

Mike Murray, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, issued this statement following the announcement:

We thank President Biden for designating the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument and ensuring its protection for the enjoyment of future generations.

The stories and experiences of the U.S. Army’s famed 10th Mountain Division, who trained at Camp Hale and distinguished themselves in combat during World War II, are important pieces of our nation’s history. Many ski troopers returned to Colorado after the war and were instrumental in the development of the Colorado ski industry. By designating this site a national monument, the President has helped to ensure these stories will live on.

This national monument designation will also help protect the beautiful landscapes and wildlife habitat of the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The President’s action brings us one step closer to meeting the goals laid out in the America the Beautiful initiative – to conserve 30 percent of our country’s lands and waters by 2030.

While we celebrate the establishment of the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, we urge the Biden administration to act swiftly and designate other culturally and naturally significant spaces – such as Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range – as national monuments as well. Now is the time to ensure that lands at risk are protected and our nation’s commitment to conserving our treasured landscapes is affirmed.

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