A Grand Junction family got home safe and sound after getting stuck outside Rifle.
On Sunday around 4:45 p.m. Garfield County officials got a call from a man saying his group was stuck and needed rescued. The group was made up of four adults, two young kids and three dogs.
The man said they had been exploring an area west of Coulter Mesa on the Flattops north of Rifle when the RV they were driving got stuck in the mud.
He said no one was injured but that they were nearly out of water, lost and unable to find their way back. He had walked nearly a mile to higher ground in order to get a cell signal so he could call for help.
Search and Rescue was called into help in the search after deputies were unable to find the group in the rough terrain.
Around 8:30 p.m. they were rescued and taken to Rifle, where they returned with friends to Grand Junction just after midnight.
Search & Rescue advises anyone recreating in the backcountry to use caution when exploring unknown areas and roads by making wise travel decisions, be aware of rapidly changing weather and road conditions, always carry a good map and have adequate provisions in case of emergency.