TOURISTS & FIRST TIMERS
WEATHER & HIGH ALTITUDE
Weather at the United States Air Force Academy, and in the entire Rocky Mountain region, is unpredictable and can change quickly. Be prepared for both warm and colder weather by checking the forecast and bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, water and jackets.
Altitude at the U.S. Air Force Academy varies from approximately 6,200 feet near Interstate 25 to 9,000 feet on the Farish Recreation Area grounds. Newcomers to Colorado may experience symptoms related to altitude sickness until their bodies adjust to the lower air pressure.
Altitude Sickness Symptoms may include: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, insomnia and loss of appetite.
The following steps can help you prevent or reduce the effects of high altitude until your body adjusts to the climate:
- Stay Hydrated Fluid loss often accompanies the acclimatization process, so drink three to four quarts of water per day to remain properly hydrated.
- Don’t Overexert Yourself Light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating symptoms of altitude sickness.
- Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco Alcohol acts as a depressant to depress respiration during sleep. In addition, tobacco products may decrease lung capacity.
- Eat a High-Carb Diet More than 70 percent of your daily calories should come from complex carbohydrates such as starches.
For all handicapped guests, please note that the Academy does not issue handicapped parking passes. Individuals should bring their own state issued handicapped parking pass with them in order to access the handicapped parking lot in the Cadet Area (north of Stillman Field) or the handicapped lots at the stadium. The Academy also does not provide wheelchairs or other medical equipment.