Search and Rescue

Hikers are escorted by rescue personnel to waiting vehicles in the parking lot at Browns Canyon National Monument.

As temperatures dipped rapidly Saturday evening, Chaffee County Search & Rescue-North and a Chaffee County Sheriff’s deputy were called to Browns Canyon National Monument to escort a group of hikers back to the trailhead.

According to Search & Rescue’s Facebook page, rescue volunteers were paged out to Browns Canyon at 5:50 p.m. Saturday for a report of a group of hikers who had become disoriented and could not find their way back to the trailhead.

A sheriff’s deputy was able to escort part of the group out, and a Search & Rescue-North hasty team met the remaining hikers who had become separated from the main group.

All parties were safely out of the field by 7:45 p.m.

“With single-digit temperatures and a winter storm rolling in, we are thankful for a short and successful mission,” the post said.

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