Couple stranded overnight north of Cameo

A local husband, wife and their dog spent a rainy and cold night north of Cameo after they reportedly became lost on a hiking trip that started Monday afternoon.

The couple was reached by rescuers around 9 a.m. after spending the night under a large rock in the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said. They ended up driving home in the car they left around 3 p.m. Monday at the Coal Canyon Trailhead, north of the Cameo Power Plant.

“Aside from being tired and hungry, they were fine,” Benjamin said.

Relatives called 911 around 6 a.m. today after trying unsuccessfully to locate the couple themselves, Benjamin said. Sheriff’s search and rescue units were deployed and the wayward couple were reached via helicopter, she said.

They were dressed in shorts, lightweight jackets and brought matches which wouldn’t strike, she said.

“It rained buckets,” Benjamin said. “Their cellphone service was spotty at best.”



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