2 injured hikers airlifted from Deer Creek Canyon Park

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Firefighters and EMS staff from Inter-Canyon Fire Rescue hiked into Deer Creek Canyon Open Space Park to rescue two injured hikers Thursday afternoon.

Both hikers were airlifted to hospitals after being carried out of the remote, rugged area southwest of Denver.

Inter-Canyon Fire/Rescue spokesman Daniel Hatlestad said the injuries include broken bones and one potential head injury. He says the injured hikers were in a group of about five people who appeared to have left a trail during a descent Thursday afternoon.

The other hikers weren't injured and hiked out under their own power.

About 24 rescuers were involved in the operation. Inter-Canyon Fire Rescue was assisted by firefighters from Indian Hills Fire Rescue, firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue, deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and rangers from Jefferson County Open Space. 

Deer Creek Canyon Open Space Park is a popular hiking and biking area located in the south west metro Denver area.