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Altitude of albuquerque.....

Hello everyone:

I'm on my way for a visit to Albuquerque and I'd like

to know:Do I have to be concerned about altitude in the area?I'm

in general good health.Many thanks for your reply.....caravallo.

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1. Re: Altitude of albuquerque.....

Albuquerque's altitude is anywhere between 5000 and 5300 feet or so. It usually doesn't present a problem for anyone in good health.

The most important thing is to drink plenty of fluids the whole time you're there. If you're planning on doing something strenuous such as a hike along one of the many trails along the mountainside, spend a day in town before going.

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Albuquerque, like Denver, is a mile-high city. Elevations in the foothills can be about 6,000 feet. Obviously, lower in the valley. The crest is over 10,000 feet (if you take the tram up). Most people probably don't notice the altitude in the city, but occasionally you'll hear about someone having a mild headache their first day. That may also be due to dehydration in this climate. Many elite athletes take advantage of this altitude to train.

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Hydration and moderation are key. Cocktails are best sipped at a slower pace than normally. Also bring some lip balm and sunscreen/moisturizer, lack of humidity can be rough on the skin and the higher altitude means closer to the sun.

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Albuquerque is always a good place to "adjust" to Northern New Mexico's higher altitudes for a day or two if one is flying in. The Rio Grande River is about 4,800ft., and a drive just 8-10 miles east can put you at over 6,000ft. while still being within the city's eastern edge, which abuts the Sandia Mountains. (Sandia Peak is over 10,000ft.)

Santa Fe and Taos are over 7,000ft. elevation, so people who travel directly there, often have more adjustment problems than here in Albuquerque. All good advice to you so far...I'll add, don't forget a cap/hat if coming in summer, and "dark" sunglesses too. Enjoy your visit!

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