State officials encourage donating to rescue costs

Sep 10, 2017

Crater Lake is a popular hike in the backcountry. Colorado DOLA is encouraging backcountry users to buy the CORSAR card.

During a busy — and deadly — summer season, officials with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs are reminding hikers and climbers to pitch in for rescue costs.

Search and rescue teams across the state work year-round to help lost and injured hikers, climbers and skiers. Like Mountain Rescue Aspen, these are volunteer organizations, and the cost of a rescue can quickly reach into the thousands of dollars.

State officials are encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to purchase a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card. The $3 enrollment fee helps support Colorado’s Search and Rescue Fund, which reimburses local teams.