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A Side-by-Side Makes Search and Rescue Safer for Cortez Volunteers

  • Local Champion: United Search and Rescue of Montezuma County
  • Date Funded: February 16, 2024
  • Grant Amount: $25,427

Public trails in Montezuma County have strict limits for side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles that allow passengers to ride next to one another. In many cases, there’s good reason: Side-by-sides can erode soil, create unplanned roads, and affect wildlife behavior. But those restrictions can also impede local search and rescue. Throughout 2023, volunteers with Montezuma County Search and Rescue resorted to loading the fronts of their four-wheelers with crew members and the backs with search dogs and gear, a potential catastrophe if a vehicle were to roll over. The group’s board decided it was time to better protect volunteers. Two volunteers reached out to LOR after the group found a side-by-side that would fit within limits while allowing crews to carry people, gear, and dogs safely. LOR’s funding will help Montezuma County Search and Rescue purchase a Polaris RZR Trail Ultimate. The even better news? The side-by-side will be purchased from a local vendor, keeping the money in the community.

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