Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., Bandelier National Monument rangers responded to a report of two visitors from England suffering from what appeared to be heat exhaustion at the top of Alcove House located on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon.
Bandelier staff called the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team from Station 5 to assist in evacuating the couple from the top of the steep trail.
The severity of the couple’s heat related illness was lessened by two visitors, one a physician from Taos and the other a nurse, who provided medical assistance at Alcove House until crews arrived.
Bandelier National Monument staff and the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team attempted to prepare a pulley system to transport the couple down the Alcove House trail ladders.
The operation was deemed unnecessary because the couple was able to walk down the ladders with the help of staff.
The couple was transported by ambulance to the Los Alamos Medical Center.
This incident is a reminder to always keep safety in mind while visiting Bandelier National Monument.
Even though fall is approaching, it is important to be prepared while hiking by carrying plenty of water. We encourage visitors to the monument to have fun but be safe.
For further details on this incident or Bandelier National Monument news, call Bandelier National Monument at 505 672-3861.