Hiker Falls 30 Feet Trying To Rescue A Puppy That Was Stuck On A Ledge

Telluride’s Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado, offers an opportunity for anyone who loves adventure. When a group of friends went out to the area on a Saturday afternoon, a three-month-old puppy belonging to one of them fell 15 feet. The puppy was stuck on a ledge and the groups of friends tried to rescue him.

One of the young men in the group went to the bottom to try to catch the puppy if it fell any further. A Denver woman, who was 25 years old, worked her way out to near the puppy when she lost her footing and fell 30 feet.

The man who was at the bottom broke her fall and slid another 20 feet down the rock face. The call came in at 11:30 AM for first responders and they were dispatched. The woman was safely rescued and then they rescued the puppy, which thankfully, was not injured.


“One of our newest rescuers, a recent graduate of Telluride High School and skilled rock climber, reached ‘Blue’ the puppy via the rigged ropes, placed her in a harness, and brought her safely to her owner. The puppy was uninjured,” the sheriff wrote on Facebook.



The female hiker did have serious injuries, although they were not life-threatening. She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. The male hiker at the bottom who broke her fall was treated and released with minor injuries.


All Trails reports on Bridal Veil Falls Trail, saying it is a “4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Telluride, Colorado, featuring a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”

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