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Old 01-30-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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Well good news today! My husbands doctor says he can handle high elevations so I'm heading to Colorado in June. Now the real planning begins.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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Well good news today! My husbands doctor says he can handle high elevations so I'm heading to Colorado in June. Now the real planning begins.
Yeah...I was expected to have no problem, either.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:45 PM
 
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If he starts having problems we will backtrack to a lower elevation. I think its doable. What about the Great Sand Dunes, worth seeing?
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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If he starts having problems we will backtrack to a lower elevation. I think its doable. What about the Great Sand Dunes, worth seeing?
Sand Dunes are neat to see. There's a visitor center that explains it all and in June there is a creek that's full of cold snowmelt and flows along one of the Dunes; it's shallow and neat to wade in. The Dunes can be up to 600 feet high and you can walk up them, either alone or as part of a tour led by a park ranger, but the sand can be VERY hot due to the brilliant sunlight. The nearby town of Alamosa has some very good motels and food, not to mention the Rio Grande Scenic RR tourist train.

If you are down as far as Alamosa, and if time and budget permit, you gotta take in the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge RR and the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR. If you go to Durango, CO, I suggest the historic General Palmer Hotel, and in Chama, NM, the Gandy Dancer B&B.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:34 PM
 
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Thank you Mike from back east you are a wealth of information!
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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Take the Amtrak from Denver to Glenwood Springs, overnight in Glenwood Springs or a night. Or two nights and rent a car and explore the Roaring Fork valley (between Glenwood Springs/Aspen.)

I've lived here for years and did this for the first time last fall, and absolutely loved it. It's about five hours each way, with a dining car, viewing car, other friendly travelers - and you meet many different people rather than a bunch all gathered together for a tourist ride.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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The trip is over we didn't do the train ride but we certainly put some miles on the car 3600, glad it was a rental. Elevation was not an issue for my husband but it was for me, that was surprising. My breathing was shallow, headache and other symptoms. It was well worth it!!! I loved it and would love to visit again.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:25 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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If you are down as far as Alamosa, and if time and budget permit, you gotta take in the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge RR and the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR. If you go to Durango, CO, I suggest the historic General Palmer Hotel, and in Chama, NM, the Gandy Dancer B&B.[/quote]


Great train ride I take every year but the Grandy Dancer B&B is now a private residence. There is a really neat B & B across the street from the train station though.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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I only ever have issues with altitude when I sleep (or try to) someplace too high. 9,000' seems to be my magic number. Above that, I'm fine for a day or so. But if I stay overnight, after not being able to sleep for a night or two, I feel achy, no energy, horrible lower digestive issues, etc. It lasts about a day, day & a half and then I'm able to sleep and feel well again. The body just seems to adjust.

Happened to me in Telluride a few years back. Down in town for a bluegrass festival during the day & evenings (8,500') and sleeping up at Mountain Village (9,500') at night. Since then, I've visited, slept, eaten, and stayed over in various locations below 9,000 feet and had no issues. I spent an afternoon in Silverton (9,312') last month, in the brewery on Greene St while my wife & sister in-law shopped. Then dinner and back down to Durango. So I'm good for a day or so above 9,000' but if I stay overnight, I just need to be aware that it takes a day or two for my body to adjust and I may feel like crap until it does.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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General rule of thumb is to go up for your daily activity, and down to sleep, preferably about 1,000-2,000 feet down to sleep, and you'll adjust much better.
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