Tuesday’s Bandelier National Monument rescue was the first of the summer hiking season, Chief Ranger Tom Betts said.
“This is our first major rescue,” he said.
Three people were hiked out of Bandelier’s backcountry after becoming distressed and disoriented. The group – a 15-year-old male, a 48-year-old female and a 79-year-old female – headed out Monday with a three-day permit first making their way to Capulin Canyon to restock up on water and sleep for the night.
But the group never made it, Betts said.
“They evidently got disorganized and lost along the way,” he said.
He said the hikers had run out of water hours earlier.