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Sunrise in Aspen. Photo Credit: guvendemir (iStock).

A hunter was rescued in the backcountry after falling off a horse in Colorado on Wednesday evening.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 46-year-old male who was unable to walk out on his own after falling from a horse while hunting in the area of the Hell Roaring Trailhead near Aspen.

GPS coordinates obtained from the reporting party at about 6:55 PM helped search and rescue identify the location of the injured hunter. Due to the remote area, several search and rescue team members deployed into the field along with multiple vehicles.

Successful contact was made around 9:00 PM about one-fourth of a mile downhill from the Hunting Camp at Hell Roaring.

Crews worked "diligently" uplifting the injured hunter back to the Hunting Camp where he was then transported by vehicle down a steep and muddy access road to an awaiting ambulance. All team members were safely out of the field by 11:35 PM.

The hunter was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries to his leg, hip, and arm. 

Following the incident hunters and backcountry users were reminded to be cautious of "variable and dangerous conditions" due the recent changes in weather.

The Hell Roaring Trailhead is a popular hunting area located near the end of Capitol Creek Road, just 8 miles West of Aspen.

Thanks goes out the responding agencies including the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Rescue Aspen, and Roaring Fork Fire & Rescue.

Editor’s Note: Help fund search and rescue missions across the state of Colorado by purchasing a CORSAR card at This is not an insurance card. By purchasing a card, you are helping reimburse teams for costs incurred in providing help to lost and injured hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, hunters, ATV riders, skiers, snowboarders, and more.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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