Routt County Search and Rescue was officially incorporated in 1968.
We are a group of volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We can be called anytime day or night, 7 days a week, and in any type of weather.
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
RCSAR is a member of the MRA which means we are tested in 5 different special areas of rescues and search every 5 years.
Our team is made up of unpaid volunteers who love the backcountry. Special skills are not required to become a member; we meet and train our members twice a month and also have a ropes group that trains once a month. The only requirement to join is your time commitment and enjoyment of the backcountry and things like hiking, skiing, snowshowing, ATV, and snowmobile riding.
RCSAR is 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.
RCSAR is very motorized with a fleet of 8 ATV's and 8 snowmobiles. 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 that motorized vehicles are not allowed, such as Wilderness areas.
The average mission takes 5 – 8hrs to complete from the time the page goes off to the time we are back at the barn and all equipment is put back and ready for the next mission.
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer with Routt County Search & Rescue? Please visit our volunteer section to learn what it takes and how to apply. Become A Volunteer
Routt County Search and Rescue is a non-profit organization. We rely heavily on donations to be able to operate and continue to provide backcountry assistance.
15-013; Aug 10 - Fish Creek Falls Mission
69 yr old male from Arkansas was coming back from Long Lake along the Fish Creek Trail when he slipped and fell crossing a small creek. He had some back discomfort but continued down the trail to above a quarter mile from the upper falls until he could no longer continue. His brother continued down the trail and found some other hikers at the 2nd bridge who had a cell phone and called 911 around 8:00pm. The brother continued down with the other hikers to the Fish Creek parking lot and gave some additional information to the Sheriff’s Deputy and SAR members who would be going up the trail from the parking lot. An additional team on ATV’s went to Dry Lake and road in on ATV’s to Long Lake and took one ATV down the trail to meet up with the other team and the subject. He was transported out via riding on the ATV to the Sheriff Deputy’s vehicle that had come up to Long Lake to transport the subject and team members who had hiked up from the bottom. The subject was in good condition and spirits and did not need medical attention. All units were back at the rescue barn at 2:00am.
RCSAR has started the probationary class for 2015/2016. If interested please download the application and mail to:
RCSAR PO Box 772837 Steamboat Springs CO 80477 and we hold until Fall 2016.
Questions please direct to Delbert Bostock (Training Director) at 970-326-7850 or Kristia Check-Hill (Treasurer) at 970-846-4568