Denver Fact #7 – The Air is Actually Thinner | The Denver Adventure Blog

Denver Fact #7 – The Air is Actually Thinner

Tourists can be caught off guard just how much different it is existing at 5,280 feet above sea level

By Dan Pag on December 28, 2016

Everybody knows that Denver is the Mile High City, but what a lot of people don’t understand is what happens to the air at this altitude. 

Lowlanders might notice that it’s harder to breathe here, especially if they head up to the high country for a Denver adventure or try to do any physical actives.   It’s not uncommon for tourists to feel lightheaded and dizzy and it’s easy to get dehydrated with our dry climate. 

The air is so much thinner here than in other places in the US, that baseballs travel further here than any other city. 

It’s important to take it easy your first couple days in Denver in order to get acclimated, and the best thing they can do is drink plenty of water. Also, be careful when you drink, even though Denver is known for craft brews – it takes less alcohol to get tipsy in Denver than it does at sea level!

About the author: Dan was born and raised in Littleton, CO. He loves to ski and mountain bike but hates hiking.



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