It's already been a busy start to 2022 for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. Officers participated in a near five-hour rescue on Monday evening that involved a Grand Junction woman and her two dogs.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office reported that the woman had gone snowshoeing near Colorado's Lands End Observatory and had gotten lost. As the sun finally set and the temperatures dropped officers set out to find her. Can you imagine being the Rural Area Deputy during a blizzard up there? We are so lucky to have great people looking out for all of us.

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Rescue Efforts Near Colorado's Lands End Observatory Took Almost 5 Hours

The 1 thing that may have saved this woman's life was that she was carrying a device with GPS that could send out an emergency signal. Officers were able to locate the emergency signal and eventually make their way to the woman's location. Both the woman and her two dogs were found and safely removed from Mesa top near Lands End that evening.

When I flew out of Grand Junction for the holidays, our plane flew over the Grand Mesa and I could see a person by themselves either cross-country skiing or perhaps snowshoeing. It's a popular place and it's not uncommon to see someone enjoying the Mesa by themselves. If you prepare ahead of time, you'll be in much better shape for a fun day of exploring. There is also a very handy resource you can check before going up on the Grand Mesa you can see below.

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The Lands End Observatory was built in 1937. While this ranger station is no longer in use, the lookout is still a popular destination for amazing views of the Grand Valley, Utah, and even the distant peaks of Colorado's 14er mountains.

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