Rocky Mountain National Park visitor rescued from steep formation near Gem Lake after falling 15 ft

Visitor was off-trail, officials said

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. - Rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park rescued a visitor from Texas on a steep, rocky formation Thursday night. He had fallen 15 feet.

Rangers said the 45-year-old man was off trail, in an area that was difficult to access.

Ten park staff members worked in the dark to extricate the man from the formation, then wheeled him out in a litter to the trailhead. They reached the Gem Lake trailhead at about 3 a.m.

The man had numerous injuries including a serious leg injury, rangers said.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Estes Park Medical Center.

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