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The Park County Search and Rescue Team (PCSAR or Team) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to aiding persons lost or injured in the back country of Park and neighboring counties. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. While we are an independent organization, PCSAR works closely with the Park County Sheriff. The responsibility for search and rescue in Colorado falls in the jurisdiction of the sheriff of the county in which an incident takes place. It is up to the sheriff to call in the personnel s/he feels is most competent to handle the situation.
PCSAR's primary area of operation is Park County. The sheriff has approved PCSAR to provide assistance to other counties when requested. Park County encompasses about 2,200 square miles (larger than Delaware), and includes the geographic center of the State of Colorado. Elevations range from about 8,000' to 14,286', including Mounts Lincoln, Bross, Democrat and Sherman. About 80% of the county is public land, including parts of the Mount Evans, Lost Creek and Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Areas. The Colorado Trail traverses the county. Elevenmile Canyon and Tarryall are popular rock climbing areas within easy reach of Colorado Springs, and the Mount Lincoln Icefall is a popular ice climbing area. Fishing, hunting, ATVs, mountain biking and horseback riding compete with hikers and backpackers in the summer and fall, while snowmobiles compete with skiers and snowshoers in the winter. PCSAR provides the primary response in most of these areas.