Numerous incidents over Fourth of July weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park
July 8, 2011
On Saturday, July 2, Rangers were notified by a shuttle bus driver that a 20-year- old female had fallen about 30 feet from a tree near the bus stop at Tuxedo Park along the Bear Lake Road. Rangers were on scene in less than 10 minutes. She suffered arm, wrist and hip injuries and was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
That evening at about 5 p.m., rangers were notified that four people had been injured after horses they were riding were spooked by hikers near the Storm Pass Trailhead on the Glacier Creek Trail. All of the group of fifteen riders, except one, were thrown from their horses. A 40-year-old female had hip and neck pain and was airlifted by North Colorado Med Evac to Denver Health. A 40-year-old female and her two daughters, one 10 and one 14, were also injured and all taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
On the early morning of Monday, July 4, rangers received a report that a 49 year-old man was reported overdue. A search effort began on the North Boundary Trail. Ranchers found the man about 1⁄4 mile past the West Creek crossing. He had lost the trail, become disoriented, and spent the night in the area. The man was
given food and water and around an hour later, walked to the trailhead with rangers.
That evening, a park ranger saw a 14-year-old male stranded on an island in Moraine Park surrounded by two forks of the Big Thompson River. At 6 p.m., park rangers contacted the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department and Estes Park Dive Rescue to assist in reaching the boy. At 6:45 p.m. rescuers brought the boy back across the river. It
was later determined that the boy and his family had been camping at Moraine Park Campground. The boy’s parents had gone hiking, leaving their son at the campground. While they were gone, he walked over to the river
and fell in to fast moving water. He was swept downstream about 150 feet and was fortunate to pull himself on to this island where he became stranded. During the rescue operation, his parents arrived at the scene. The boy was wet and cold. He was evaluated and released.