Custer County Search and Rescue

710 Rosita Ave.
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1092
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Phone: (719) 783-0442
Email: Email this nonprofit
Contact: Sue Schoultz


The mission of Custer County Search and Rescue, Inc. (CCSAR) is the search, rescue, and/or recovery of a person or persons who have become lost, incapacitated, or deceased in Custer County, Colorado.


Custer County Search and Rescue (CCSAR) is a 501(c) (3) organization providing search, rescue and recovery services to Custer County citizens as well as out of county visitors who have become lost, incapacitated, or deceased in Custer County, Colorado. SAR services are provided free of charge, under the supervision of the Custer County Sheriff and in support of nearby counties and jurisdictions. 100% of CCSAR’s members are volunteer professionals who dedicate their services to train and respond to missions year-round.

CCSAR responds to backcountry calls, including a high volume of calls in the South Colony area, encompassing Humboldt, Crestone Needle and Crestone Peaks, as well as the many trails and summits in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness area, the Wet Mountains and the Music Pass area in the eastern portion of the Great Sand Dunes Park Preserve.

Annually, CCSAR has seen the technical nature and number of missions increase. Many involve medical trauma requiring air evacuation, or the recovery of deceased persons in complex terrain. Numerous such complex and high-profile missions involving military and air-ambulance assets occurred this past summer alone.

It is through the generous support of the community that CCSAR is able to acquire and maintain their off-road vehicles, purchase and maintain technical equipment, and attain the specialized training necessary to achieve their Mission safely, confidently, and efficiently.