High Country Safety

Dehydration

Many people feel the change in altitude and climate when coming to Loveland. Dehydration is the most common problem, manifesting in tiredness and headaches, along with the more obvious symptoms of thirst, dry mouth and other typical signs of dehydration. There's a very simple solution: drink as much water as possible! Keep a water bottle handy at all times, and be sure to take it with you whenever participating in outdoor activities.

High Altitude

Loveland's official elevation is 4,982 feet. Estes Park is at 7,522 feet, and the highest point of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain Nation Park is a whopping 12,183 feet! Did you know you can get sick simply by going higher in elevation? You can, and many do. Higher altitude increases your chance of dehydration, severe sunburn, and aggravation of pre-existing medical conditions. In addition, mountain sickness manifests itself in headaches, nausea, and dizziness. When venturing up into the mountains, be sure to drink much water (we really mean it!), and wear sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing. While there is a hospital in Estes Park, it's a long way from the Alpine Visitor Center down to the hospital; if you begin to feel sick, dizzy, nauseous, headaches, or other physical problems, please descend to lower elevations as quickly as possible.

Colorado Weather

Weather in Colorado changes rapidly, and you can often see it coming over the mountains. Spring and Fall can easily see one day sunny in the 70's and snow the next. In the mountains, it's even more extreme, where it can go from the 70's to wind, rain and snow in just an hour. Be prepared for changing conditions.