Grand Junction group rescued from Flat Tops

Rescuers came to the aid of a Grand Junction group who became stranded north of Rifle Sunday.

A man called 911 at 4:42 p.m. Sunday to report that four adults, two young children and three dogs were in a recreational vehicle that became stuck in mud on a four-wheel-drive road   west of Coulter Mesa on the Flat Tops.

The caller, who had hiked a mile to higher ground to get cell phone service, said no one was hurt but they were lost and almost out of water, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies could not find the group after driving several area roads. Garfield County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue crews arrived at 8:37 p.m. with four-wheel-drive and all-terrain vehicles and found the group an hour later about 20 miles west of Coulter Lake Guest Ranch in a remote area near Mullen Gulch.

The group members were taken to Rifle just after midnight to await transportation back to Grand Junction by friends.


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