To report an emergency requiring search
or rescue services, dial 9-1-1.

PCSAR does not charge for search and rescue services.


Park County Search and Rescue was formed in 1992 when a small group of interested individuals held an organizational meeting with the support of the sheriff. Only a very few of the original members had any search and rescue experience, and a slightly larger number had some recreational climbing experience. Almost all were experienced in the outdoors, and many were already volunteers on local fire departments and ambulance services. The original board of directors formed the core of the team for many years.

Starting with just a few members, the team became a pivotal force in the backcountry, helping to rescue many injured and lost parties high up on our four fourteeners, our many thirteeners,  and across our 2,192 square miles of wild expanse.   The county spreads out from Pine Junction in the northeast to Hoosier Pass in the northwest, Trout Creek Pass to the southwest, and slightly beyond Guffey to the southeast. 

The core of active members, while ever-changing, has grown in numbers to about thirty well-trained volunteers, while the entire roster fluctuates between forty and fifty members.


Photo of Peter J. Belair

Peter J. Belair (1947-2011)

David M. Thorsen

David M. Thorson

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