La Plata County Search and Rescue

La Plata County search teams have greater tools to find missing hikers

Despite a half-dozen helicopter missions with state-of-the-art technology, and the first-ever implementation of a drone in a rescue mission in the county, it turns out all it took was a good...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing hiker identified; overnight attempts to find him unsuccessful

Overnight attempts to find a missing hiker, whose identity was released Tuesday morning, were unsuccessful, according to La Plata County Search and Rescue mission coordinator Ron Corkish. The...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some fast-food cups, a sippy cup found – but no hiker

A couple of Sonic cups and a sippy cup believed to have been contained in a missing hiker’s backpack were located Monday, but the elusive 23-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released,...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rescuers search for man missing near Haviland Lake

About 10 people were searching Sunday night for a 23-year-old man who became separated from his party during a hike south of Haviland Lake a little before 5 p.m.. The man was dressed in a tank top...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who fell rescued from La Plata Mountains

Rescue workers were able to reach a 76-year-old Durango man who fell and injured his head Monday in the La Plata Mountains west of Durango. Rescue workers received a distress signal about 10:35...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango rock climber who fell 100 feet expected to survive

A 40-year-old rock climber from Durango who fell 100 feet while climbing in an area northeast of Durango on Saturday is expected to recover from his injuries, friends of the man said Sunday. Thad...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Missing hikers east of Vallecito Lake found

Two missing hikers east of Vallecito Lake were found Saturday evening by Archuleta County officials, said Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Search and Rescue. La Plata County Search and...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hiker rescued near summit of Mount Eolus

La Plata County Search and Rescue responded Thursday to Mount Eolus in the Weminuche Wilderness where a 19-year-old man fell and suffered a dislocated shoulder. The man was about 20 feet from the...

DATE: July 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hikers require search and rescue near Vallecito

A search and rescue operation ended Sunday morning after two hikers spent the night in the mountains around Vallecito Lake. According to Tom Brueckner, vice president of La Plata County Search and...

DATE: June 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

After fall, woman hikes out of Hermosa

The search for a 26-year-old woman in the Hermosa Creek area ended Saturday when she walked out to the South Hermosa Creek Trail Head on her own with the help of two hikers. “They were nice enough...

DATE: June 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brief river search fizzles after report of someone in distress

Emergency workers searched up and down the La Plata River on Thursday for someone who possibly fell in and needed saving. According to scanner traffic, multiple agencies participated in the search,...

DATE: June 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rescue workers called to help injured hiker north of Durango

La Plata County Search and Rescue was working Tuesday evening to reach a hiker who fell and injured his knee on Missionary Ridge north of Durango. The lone hiker notified authorities of his...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News