Adjusting to Altitude

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Aspen sits close to 8,000 feet, one of the most elevated cities in the United States. While many visitors are not affected by the altitude at all, some visitors notice the altitude and may experience symptoms including shortness of breath when walking upstairs, a slight headache, increased thirst and sometimes, disturbed sleep. 
  • For starters, when you first get to Aspen, take it easy on the exercise and alcohol. Give your body ample time to properly acclimate.
  • Turn on a humidifier in your bedroom to alleviate dryness while you sleep. 
  • Before coming to altitude, and in the first few days, drink extra water, eat more carbohydrates, and if you can, ascend to altitude slowly. 
  • Water is the number one way to help your body adjust to our high and dry air. You need to drink twice the amount of water here as you would at home. 
  • If you have minor altitude sickness, observing the above protocols should work. However, in the days following your arrival, should you develop flu-like symptoms, violent headaches, vomiting, vertigo or unconsciousness seek medical help immediately.
  • If you are hiking and you develop these symptoms, descend to a lower elevation immediately, and call for help. 
  • Indicators such as these can point towards High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and may have serious complications if left untreated even for a short amount of time. 
  • Visitors who book a spa treatment at the Remede Spa at The St. Regis Resort Aspen can utilize their oxygen lounge before or after their treatment.
  • OxygenNow is the only locally physician-run business that delivers oxygen to your door and has a portable pharmacy for altitude symptoms.
  • Need an O2 boost? Rescue Lounge in downtown Aspen provides oxygen for a small fee.
  • Carl’s pharmacy on Main Street sells non-medical-grade oxygen boosters.
  • Aspen is located at 7,908 feet above sea level giving us a high alpine climate with low humidity & year-round sunshine. We receive almost 300 days of sunshine a year! 
  • Always dress in layers when you are in Colorado. The weather can change rapidly and you want to be prepared.  
  • Remember sunscreen and sunglasses - you are closer to the sun (even on a cloudy day) at 7,908 feet above sea level! 


  • Summer in Aspen begins in June and ends Labor Day weekend when fall begins. Summer showers or thunderstorms often occur in the afternoons, but they do not last long and the rainbows are not to be believed! Temperatures during the day will reach into the 80's, but evenings are cooler so be sure to bring a sweater with you when walking around town at night. 
  • Fall in Aspen is very dry and daytime temperatures in September can reach into the 70's, but bundle up at night because in fall the mercury drops to freezing overnight. Peak foliage varies by year, but you are typically safe to see the golden aspens between the 3rd & 4th week of September. Late fall, from Mid-October - late November can boast crystal clear autumnal days, followed by snowfall to prepare us for our winter season. Always dress in layers and be flexible with your plans. 
  • Winter in Aspen typically begins in November and lasts through April, with January having the lowest temperatures of the year. Our average annual snowfall is 300 inches and temperatures can range from 0-50 degrees Fahrenheit. The crystal clear blue sky days can often be colder than our cloudy snowy days because the clouds trap in the air circulation. 
  • Spring or Secret Season in Aspen runs mid-April - Early June. The weather during these months is very fickle. It might snow 2 feet overnight and then reach the 60's the very next day. Be prepared for all types of weather and always bring a camera. Your friends will never believe you if you tell them it is snowing on Memorial Day. 
  • Please note when planning a spring or summer visit snowmelt rates vary from year to year, but on average: 
    • Mid-April: Snow level around 8,000 feet.
    • Mid-May: Snow level around 9,500 feet.
    • Mid-June: Snow level around 10,000-10,500 feet.
    • Mid-July: Snow usually mostly clear except on the highest north-facing slopes and passes.

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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