The town of Telluride is located in a box canyon in the rugged San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado. The elevation, of the town, is 8,750 ft (2667 m). The town is situated at the local minimum elevation, so there is virtually nowhere to go but up from there. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 12,000 to 14,000 ft (3,700 to 4,300 m). You may notice the effects of the altitude immediately and it may take a couple of days to get acclimated. You may experience shortness of breath, quickened pulse, and light-headedness. You might also experience a touch of nausea or insomnia.
The standard prescription for coping with the altitude is to remain well hydrated and take it easy on the caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Some have reported that taking aspirin (blood thinner) helps suppress the maladies of altitude sickness, and melatonin beats the insomnia. The local shops also sell cans of 90% oxygen, which reportedly helps ease the discomfort of being at high altitude. If you are feeling really ill or uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to call the Telluride Medical Center at 970- 728-3848.
Also remember, hats or sunglasses and sunscreen are a necessity any time of year here. BRING A WATER BOTTLE and layers for warmth and rain.