High Altitude and You

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. 

Have a great trip!

Our region is so amazing and has so much to offer, you certainly don’t want to get sick. 

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