Vermont

Hikers from Vermont lost in national park in South Dakota

  • This October 2015 photo provided by Patty Garland shows a search-and-rescue exercise taking place in Badlands National Park, S.D., near the campsite where two hikers from Vermont were staying when they went missing Wednesday night July 27, 2016. The 23 and 24-year-old women texted a friend Wednesday night saying they were lost, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities suspended the search about 2 a.m. Thursday and resumed it around four hours later. (Patty Garland via AP)

    This October 2015 photo provided by Patty Garland shows a search-and-rescue exercise taking place in Badlands National Park, S.D., near the campsite where two hikers from Vermont were staying when they went missing Wednesday night July 27, 2016. The 23 and 24-year-old women texted a friend Wednesday night saying they were lost, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities suspended the search about 2 a.m. Thursday and resumed it around four hours later. (Patty Garland via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This October 2015 photo provided by Patty Garland shows a search-and-rescue exercise taking place in Badlands National Park, S.D., near the campsite where two hikers from Vermont were staying when they went missing Wednesday night, July 27, 2016. The 23 and 24-year-old women texted a friend Wednesday night saying they were lost, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities suspended the search about 2 a.m. Thursday and resumed it around four hours later. (Patty Garland via AP)

    This October 2015 photo provided by Patty Garland shows a search-and-rescue exercise taking place in Badlands National Park, S.D., near the campsite where two hikers from Vermont were staying when they went missing Wednesday night, July 27, 2016. The 23 and 24-year-old women texted a friend Wednesday night saying they were lost, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities suspended the search about 2 a.m. Thursday and resumed it around four hours later. (Patty Garland via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This October 2015 photo provided by Patty Garland shows a search-and-rescue exercise taking place in Badlands National Park, S.D., near the campsite where two hikers from Vermont were staying when they went missing Wednesday night July 27, 2016. The 23 and 24-year-old women texted a friend Wednesday night saying they were lost, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities suspended the search about 2 a.m. Thursday and resumed it around four hours later. (Patty Garland via AP)

    This October 2015 photo provided by Patty Garland shows a search-and-rescue exercise taking place in Badlands National Park, S.D., near the campsite where two hikers from Vermont were staying when they went missing Wednesday night July 27, 2016. The 23 and 24-year-old women texted a friend Wednesday night saying they were lost, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities suspended the search about 2 a.m. Thursday and resumed it around four hours later. (Patty Garland via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities are searching for two hikers from Vermont who are missing in rugged terrain in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says the 23- and 24-year-old women texted a friend Wednesday night saying they were lost. Authorities suspended the search about 2 a.m. Thursday and resumed it around four hours later.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Patty Garland says terrain in the area is hilly with trees and knee-high wild grasses that are difficult to walk through. Garland says it is easy for hikers to become lost if they wander off established trails. There are wild animals in the area, including bison.

Authorities haven't released the women's names. The sheriff's office says the hikers left their vehicle and camping equipment at a campground in the park.