Ellingwood Point. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

Ellingwood Point. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

Authorities in Alamosa County are searching for a 60-year-old female hiker named Joy Cipoletti that was reportedly last heard from on Saturday afternoon, October 10, from the summit of Ellingwood Point – a 14,042-foot mountain in Colorado.


A search is underway for Joy Cipoletti who is overdue from a hiking trip in Alamosa County. Photo courtesy of the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office. 

Officials believe Cipoletti was hiking in the area of Zapata Falls and the South Zapata lake trail, as well Ellingwood Point, according to a news release from the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office.

Cipoletti’s daughter told FOX21 News in a recent interview that her mom planned to return to the Zapata Falls trailhead sometime on Saturday and then drive back to Colorado Springs. 

Cipolleti was last known to be wearing a light purple or green jacket with possibly a white hat. She is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and about 140 pounds with curly brown and gray hair.

Agencies responding include the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office and Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue.

Ellingwood Point is a fourteener in the Sangre de Cristo Range of Colorado. The route to the summit up the north ridge from the South Zapata Creek Trailhead is considered "easy class 3", stretching for 12 miles with around 6,000 feet of vertical gain. This mountain is known for the presence of loose rock. This is not the most standard route.

Zapata Falls is a 25-foot waterfall located in the San Luis Valley near the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. 

Anyone with information regarding the search for Cipolett is urged to call the Colorado State Patrol dispatch at 719-589-5807 or Search and Rescue at 773-456-2927.

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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