Biden’s first national monument teems with history and wildlife

President Biden has declared his first national monument: Camp Hale in Colorado. The site spans over 21,000 hectares and was the training ground for the U.S. Army’s only mountain infantry division in World War II.

“These treasured lands tell the story of America. For thousands of years, Tribal Nations have been stewards of this sacred land, hunting game, foraging for medicinal plants, and maintaining a deep, spiritual bond with the land itself,” Biden said October 12 at the ceremony in Colorado. “Today, I’ll be signing the proclamation to preserve these sacred Tribal grounds as a national monument.”

Joe Biden handing pen to man seated next to him at document signing (© RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post/Getty Images)
President Biden hands a pen to World War II veteran Francis “Bud” Lovett, who was part of the 10th Mountain Division, after signing a proclamation to designate Camp Hale as a new national monument. (© RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

The Camp Hale–Continental Divide National Monument covers an ecologically diverse landscape that contains tarns (small mountain lakes), waterfalls and alpine tundra. It is also home to an endangered species of lynx, in addition to mountain goats, moose, bighorn sheep and many other species.

“We’re investing billions of dollars to protect our iconic outdoors, preserve our historic sites, and address the devastating [impacts] of climate change,” Biden said.