Despite weather alerts warning of likely flash floods and other dangers, people went out on Saturday, June 6, and soon found themselves in need of rescue.
According to Grand County Search & Rescue officials, heavy rainfall caused some unexpected excitement for several people. Flash flooding in Grandstaff Canyon trapped two separate groups who were stuck “on the wrong side of the creek.”
They were able to cross once the high water subsided. Search & Rescue officials remind people that canyon hiking can be extremely dangerous when it rains.
That night, rescuers were dispatched to Poison Spider Mesa to bring water to a group of exhausted mountain bikers.
Shortly afterwards, they headed to Rock of Ages in Pritchett Canyon, where a woman incurred a serious leg injury after falling about 20 feet while descending the last rappel. A Classic Air crew rescued another member of the group that was standing on top of the rappel.