Riverside Trail – Rescue

Saturday Jan. 21st, 2023


On January 20, 2023, the West Yellowstone Police Department dispatch center received a call for an individual experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath while out snowshoeing on the Riverside Trail inside Yellowstone National Park, one mile east of the Town of West Yellowstone.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue from the West Yellowstone Section, Yellowstone National Park personnel, and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded to the scene by snowmobile and specialized rescue sled.  The patient was assessed on scene before being transported back to town to an awaiting ambulance.  The patient was then transported by ambulance to the Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center for continued care and evaluation.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like to commend the snowshoeing individuals for immediately recognizing the need for medical care.  Traveling with others and a reliable means of communication allowed for an immediate response for assistance.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.