When visiting the Pikes Peak region from areas at lower altitude, you need to be aware that we have quite a bit less oxygen in the air than you’re used to. For most people altitude sickness isn’t an issue. But it doesn’t hurt to be aware.
Symptoms include dizziness, light-headedness, insomnia, lack of energy, nausea and headache. These symptoms usually come on gradually and often abate within a day or two. Occasionally, supplemental oxygen is needed.
There are ways to prevent or mitigate any altitude issues you may have. One way is to stay hydrated. Remember, Colorado has a dry, almost arid climate, so extra water is needed. Also, the first day or so at altitude, take it easy and don’t overdo.
Our region is so amazing and has so much to offer, you certainly don’t want to get sick.
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