Snowmobilers spend night on Flat Tops |

Snowmobilers spend night on Flat Tops

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Four snowmobilers spent Saturday night outside after running out of gas about seven miles west of White Owl Lake, north of Glenwood Springs in the Flat Tops Wilderness, authorities said.

The group was prepared with adequate clothing, food and supplies.

Garfield County Search and Rescue received a report about the stranded snowmobilers at about 9 p.m. Saturday. Given the conditions, a lack of information about the party’s exact location, and the fact that the snowmobilers were equipped for a night outdoors, rescuers waited until Sunday morning to head to the scene, said Jim Sears, emergency operations commander.

“The next morning at daybreak, our search and rescue team went up there, located them, gave them gas and oil and brought them back out,” Sears said. The operation wrapped up at about 1 p.m.

Sears said the snowmobilers weren’t sure they had enough gas to make it back to their trucks.

“I’m not going to say they were unprepared or made a mistake,” he said. “Sometimes people don’t realize how far they’ve gone.”

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