Horseback rider airlifted after head injury in fall near Aspen

Staff reports

A 57-year-old Texas man was airlifted out of the backcountry Thursday afternoon after sustaining a head injury on a horseback ride, according to a press release.

Pitkin County emergency dispatchers received a call around 1:15 p.m. about the man, who was riding in a group with an outfitter on the Tincup-Tinpot trail between Aspen and Lenado. The man and his horse fell 40-to-50 feet downhill and he “sustained a head injury with significant bleeding,” according to the release.

“Members of the group applied initial first-aid until emergency personnel arrived on scene” at 1:47 p.m., the release states.

“After careful review of the injuries and terrain, a Careflight helicopter was deployed to assist,” according to the press release. “The patient was airlifted to Aspen Valley Hospital for further medical attention.”

The man lost a lot of blood, needed several staples in his head and sustained broken ribs, but was released from the hospital Thursday night, said Pitkin County Deputy Ryan Voss. The man had been on a multi-day hut trip that began in Vail, he said.

Voss praised the quick response by volunteers with Mountain Rescue Aspen, who reached the man a little more than an hour after dispatchers received the call.

MRA personnel were out of the backcountry by 2:45 p.m.

The 2.5-mile Tincup-Tinpot Trail connects Aspen and Lenado.