Man lost in Great Sand Dunes National Park for 5 days found alive

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GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — A man who spent five days and nights lost in the cold and snowy Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve was found alive.

The National Park Service said Bryan Skilinski from New York was located about 1 1/2 miles south of the park visitor center Thursday night. Great Sand Dunes National Park is in Alamosa County in south-central Colorado.

“Mr. Skilinski was found in relatively good health considering he had spent five nights out in the elements with little winter gear,” the park service said in a Facebook post.

“After becoming disoriented during his first day hiking in deep snow, he spent the remaining time trying to find his way back to his vehicle, covering many miles of terrain while exposed to snowstorms, high winds and temperatures in the teens at night.”

He first went into the Great Sand Dunes on Feb. 11, then wasn’t seen or heard from after that.

A search began Thursday because park staff noticed there had been an unattended vehicle parked in the horse trailer lot since the weekend.