The search and rescue teams were busy in Big Sky on Tuesday. Their first call was for an injury on a horseback trail in Big Sky. The second call of a lost hiker in Beehive Basin came after 8pm.

According to the Gallatin County Sheriff:

Tuesday at 12:54 P.M., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 58-year-old male injured in a fall from a horse on Buffalo Horn Creek Trail South of Big Sky.

  • The rider was with others on a guided horseback tour.
  • The guide was equipped with a satellite phone enabling them to call for assistance from search and rescue.
  • The party was 1.5 miles up Buffalo Horn Creek Trail when the patient fell, hurting the left side of his hip.
  • Members of the Gallatin County Big Sky Search & Rescue and Big Sky Fire/Ambulance were dispatched.
  • The horseback group did have water and some other equipment to aid the patient during the wait until Search & Rescue could arrive.
  • Rescuers from Gallatin County Search & Rescue at Big Sky were able to provide needed aid and safely transport the injured man out to the trail head where he was reunited with family.

At 8:22 p.m., County Dispatch received a 911 call from a lost hiker, a 22-year-old male from Oklahoma. Coordinates retrieved from the 911 call indicated that the hiker was near the head of Beehive Basin in the area of Spanish Lakes.

  • Although he was uninjured, the hiker had become disoriented, had no survival gear, had minimal clothing and his cellphone battery was extremely low.
  • Rescuers from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Sky Division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue, and a Helicopter from Carish Helicopters responded.
  • After searching the area surrounding the gps coordinates, the helicopter was unable to locate the lost hiker because he kept going after making the 911 call.
  • A short while later, the hiker was located by security personnel on Jack Creek road, tired and thirsty but otherwise uninjured.
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