Rocky Mountain National Park employees Thursday night rescued a man who had become disoriented while snowshoeing earlier in the afternoon, according to officials.

Rangers were first alerted to the man's situation at about 2:30 p.m. when he contacted them via cell phone to say he had become disoriented while solo snowshoeing near Flattop Mountain, according to a news release.

Facing blowing snow and temperatures in the mid-20s, rangers gave the man, identified only as a 24-year-old from Florida, directions to safely come down, but after darkness set in he decided to stay put and wait for help, officials said.

Three park staff members eventually found fresh snowshoe tracks near the Mill Creek Drainage area and located the man at about 8:45 p.m., the release said.