Routt County Search & Rescue (RCSAR) was incorporated in 1968 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, under the jurisdiction of the State of Colorado and the Routt County Sheriff's Department. Our objectives are:
  • to maintain an active group of volunteers who are trained and equipped for mountain search and rescue
  • to promote safety in mountain recreation
  • to assist anywhere in emergencies where first aid, search and rescue services are needed
We are a group of volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in any type of weather. We are sent out on rescues for injured or ill recreationalists. We are also called on searches for people who are completely lost, or for those who have become disoriented and just need some help and directions to get back to their car. The average mission takes 5 to 8 hours from start to finish. We conduct between 30 and 90 missions each year.

All RCSAR services are provided FREE of charge. The only charges that may be incurred by an individual would be for transportation of injured or ill parties by aircraft or ground ambulance, which are services provided by separate organizations. The majority of our funding comes from donations. You can help by clicking the Donate button on the right. We also get some funding from the purchases of hunting/fishing licenses, snowmobile/ATV/boat registrations, and the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card. You can purchase a CORSAR card here.

RCSAR started years ago with a small group of guys who would be called by their friends to come and help them get unstuck in the backcountry when they were snowmobiling. After several years of this, they decided to make an official group of members who would meet and train in other aspects of the backcountry to help not only their friends but others who might need their assistance. The concept of helping strangers as though they were friends is the same concept that drives today's official RCSAR team.

We are equipped with a fleet of 8 ATVs, 8 snowmobiles, 1 snowcat, 2 rescue trucks, 1 staff SUV, and 1 mobile communications center. We can also use a wheeled litter to carry injured or ill recreationalists out should we be called to an area that we can't access with machines due to the terrain, or areas where motorized vehicles are not allowed, such as wilderness areas.

Special skills are not required to become a member of the RCSAR team; we meet and train our members several times a month. The only requirement is the time commitment and enjoyment of backcountry activities like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, ATV, and snowmobiling.

RCSAR is affiliated with the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), which means we are tested in 5 different areas of search and rescue every 5 years.
Support RCSAR

Routt County Search and Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We rely heavily on donations to continue to operate and provide backcountry assistance. Your donation is tax deductible.

Join the team!

Are you interested in joining the Routt County Search & Rescue team? If so, please complete and mail in the application below. We accept applications through June each year, for training that begins in August. You will need a Google account to open the application. If you don't already have one, go to this link: 

We use the ViewRanger GPS app. Go to for more information.