Stage 1 fire restrictions, enacted for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.

Search and Rescue

Emergency Services Information

The Emergency Services of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office also provides Seasonal Information, from Christmas lighting to tubing bans.

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Search and Rescue

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office does not charge for search and rescue services in Boulder County. The following Boulder County Sheriff search and rescue resources listed below also do not charge for services.

Additional Associated Groups

Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMRG)

  • Rocky Mountain Rescue Group is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that provides mountain search and rescue services. The skills RMRG offers to Boulder County are unsurpassed for the level of expertise, training and dedication. To learn more about RMRG go to

Front Range Rescue Dogs (FRRD)

  • Front Range Rescue Dogs is an experienced and dynamic non-profit all-volunteer group committed to providing competent canine search and rescue teams to missing person emergencies. To learn more about FRRD go to

Boulder Emergency Squad (BES)

  • Boulder Emergency Squad is a non-profit all-volunteer group that provides technical swift water and open water search and rescue. To learn more about BES go to

Boulder County Sheriff Mounted Search and Rescue Unit

  • The mounted search and rescue team is administered through the Sheriff’s Office. The unit is an all-volunteer unit made up of citizens throughout Boulder County. For more information please contact

What to Know Before You Go

  • Always let someone know where you are going, place or trail head you plan to start at and where plan to return. General time frames of your outing.
  • Always take extra water, food and clothing. Weather in Colorado is very unpredictable and can change from blue sunny skies to cold rain or snow in a matter of minutes even in the summer months.
  • If you have a cell phone always make sure the battery is fully charged.

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card (CORSAR):

  • What is the CORSAR card: The CORSAR card replaces what was known as the Colorado Hiking Certificate. Money generated from the sale of these cards (and formally from the hiking certificate) goes to the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund, which then provides reimbursement for expenses incurred during search and rescue missions.

Why Buy a CORSAR Card?

  • Colorado residents and visitors are well served by dedicated volunteer search and rescue teams, but mission costs are often in the thousands of dollars. By purchasing a CORSAR card you are contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these teams for costs incurred in your search and rescue. Funds remaining at the end of the year are used to help pay for training and equipment for these teams. Anyone with a current hunting/fishing license, or boat, snowmobile, ATV registration is already covered by the fund.

The CORSAR Card Is Not Insurance

  • The card is not insurance and does not reimburse individuals nor does it pay for medical transport. Medical transport includes helicopter flights or ground ambulance. If aircraft are used as a search vehicle, those costs are reimbursed by the fund. If the aircraft becomes a medical transport due to a medical emergency, the medical portion of the transport is not covered.

How to purchase the card

The CORSAR cards are available for $3 for one year and $12 for five years, and can be purchased at over 300 retailers in the state. You may also purchase cards online. Please visit one of these links:

For the cost of the card, you have helped ensure that trained and well equipped search and rescue teams will respond should you become lost or in need of rescue. Furthermore, volunteers will not have to incur undue expense due to your emergency.

Contact Us

Sheriff's Office

Main: 303-441-3600
Alternate: 303-441-4444
Fax: 303-441-4739


Sheriff's Headquarters
5600 Flatiron Parkway
Boulder, CO 80301
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