Numerous Incidents Over The Fourth Of July Weekend In RMNP
On Saturday, July 2, at 10:45 rangers were notified by a shuttle bus driver that a 20-year- old female had fallen approximately 30 feet from a tree near the bus stop at Tuxedo Park along the Bear Lake Road. Rangers were on scene in less than ten minutes. She suffered arm, wrist and hip injuries and was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
Around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, rangers were notified by Glacier Creek Stables 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 three were taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
On Monday, July 4, at 6:30 a.m. a park volunteer notified rangers that a car had been parked overnight near McGraw Ranch. At around 8:00 a.m. rangers received a separate report that a 49 year-old man was reported overdue. A search effort began on the North Boundary Trail. Around 11:30 a.m. rangers saw tracks that lead off of the trail. At 11:45 a.m. rangers found the man about ¼ 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.
On Monday, July 4, at around 5:30 p.m. 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 6:00 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 approximately 150 feet and was extremely 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 and evaluated and released.