An all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives by performing back-country searches and rescues, and fostering safe outdoor practices through education.

~ Est. 1974 ~




Rescue inspires benefit candle
from Mountain Dogs Arts

  After falling from a remote trail in the San Juan Mountains, the owner of Mountain Dog Arts was in excruciating pain and unable to move from where she came to rest against a bunch of pine trees.

 An hour later, the first members of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team were on the scene and assessing Jen’s injuries and calming her nerves. Over 20 volunteer team members assisted in the rescue that day, which took over seven hours and was only one of the three calls the OMRT received that day. To express her gratitude, Jen designed this candle to help raise funds for the team.

  The colors evoke a summer day in the San Juans, from the red rock to the bluebird sky and deep green tundra. The scent - an earthy pine - is what Jen focused on while waiting for the OMRT and then being transported down the mountain through a thick pine forest.

Jen personally throws and glazes each pot, and hand-pours each candle with love and gratitude. The candle contains only soy wax, a hemp wick, and essential oils. The pot itself is fully glazed inside so it can be reused for food or drink.

...The selfless heroes who train and serve on the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team are all volunteers, and their funding comes from donations and grants. Help support them with your purchase of one - or many - of these candles! Thank you.

TO ORDER: https://www.mtndogarts.com/shop-1/omrt-candle

Book chronicles
team's history

With the 2018 publication of "No Individual Heroes: Ouray Mountain Rescue Team," team alum Karen Mollica Risch culminated years of research and interviews to tell the plethora of incidents in the team's  44-year history. Proceeds from book sales will go to support the ongoing operations of OMRT


  • Consider setting up monthly, quarterly or annual donations, online.

  • Buy an OMRT t-shirt or baseball cap directly, or at local retail locations.

  • Make the rescue team’s new endowment a beneficiary in your will.

  • Purchase a Rescue Barn Brick.

  • Buy a Colorado search & rescue card at Ouray Mountain Sports or OMRT and CORSAR websites.

  • Be prepared and safe when you venture in the alpine backcountry.

Ouray Mountain Rescue Team, Inc. © 2019 - a Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization – Tax ID 75-2158092

P.O. Box 220 Ouray, CO 81427-0220

Rescuers greet helicopter while aiding a teen hiker on Mt. Sneffels