Responders help hikers lost in monument overnight

Created: 09/05/2014 1:05 PM
By: Associated Press

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Personnel from Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Fire Department help six hikers forced to make an unplanned overnight stay in a remote area of the northern New Mexico park.

Monument officials say the three adults and three children ages 4-7 decided late Monday they were lost after hiking up a canyon to a spot later determined to be six miles from the visitor center.

The hikers used a cellphone to call 911, but the connection was bad and it took hours for rangers to locate the group at approximately 3 a.m.

Fire Department personnel joined up and helped walk the hikers out of the area and to their vehicles at a trailhead.

Chie Ranger Tom Betts says it helped that the group stayed together in one place.

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