Missing, injured hiker found safe after two-day-long search


An injured hiker who was missing in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park for two days has been found safe.

As KTSM first reported, authorities began searching at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday after receiving a call of an injured hiker along the Guadalupe Peak Trail.

According to a park spokeswoman, rescuers found the hiker, a 61-year-old man, near the upper Guadalupe Canyon area, more than a mile from the Guadalupe Peak trail.

The trail, which is located about two hours from El Paso, is described as “rugged” and “very steep”.

Officials say Fort Bliss soldiers helped remove the man from the ravine in which he had fallen. 

The hiker was then stabilized and taken to a hospital in El Paso with non-life threatening injuries. 

“We are extremely happy this incident has resulted in a positive rescue and want to thank all state and local support we received in this recovery effort,” Park Superintendent Eric Brunnemann said.    

The park encourages all visitors to stay safe while hiking in the park by staying on designated trails, remaining hydrated, and keeping a safe distance from wildlife.

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