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Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

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Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

We are from California flying into Phoenix. We will drive to Grand Canyon from the airport.

Any tips on how to prevent altitude sickness if that's a common thing?

We are going to do a bike tour and deciding between the 1:30 if we get there or 9:30AM the next morning option (if weather and time to acclimate make any difference). Which is better?

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1. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

Grand Canyon National Park is 7,000 feet asl. Altitude sickness is common above 10K. Odds are you won't get sick at all, though some shortness of breath is possible.

Best thing to do in preparation is to stay well hydrated. That means water, not alcohol or soft drinks.

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2. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

Commercial aircraft are pressurized to feel like about 6-8000 feet.

If you don't have a problem on the plane, you should not have a problem on the ground at 7000 feet.

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3. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

Should you have had trouble before ... The first night at a intermediate elevation ... Say Prescott or Sedona might help ... As will hydration,a broad brim sun hat & glasses ... Consider a self directed walk at a comfortable pace. As opposed to a tour, that meets the "guides" time frame ... Happy trails ... carracar

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4. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

Jolie,

Worry much? Individuals, couples and families have ventured to Arizona and returned home relaxed and happy. You do plan on trying to have a nice. relaxing Anniversary trip to Arizona? Lets see, you have now asked 14 questions about your planned trip; 3 alone on the weather in separate threads. Did you expect the answer to change? Altitude sickness, plague, snakes, lizards, pests were some of your concerns!

Here's hoping you can relax a little and enjoy the beauty that Arizona has to offer the visitor.

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5. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

Should the OP actually travel ... I suggest leaving electronic devices locked in the suitcase days ... Lest you be tempted to gaze at the device rather than actually view ...the natural wonders you propose to visit ... We here, would enjoy a "trip report" ... Happy trails ... carracar

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6. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

Wow, 14 questions asked by the OP?

Dontcha just hate it when that happens!

Shame people for asking questions on a travel forum, maybe not asking the *right* questions,or too many of the *wrong* questions, etc ~~~ a good way to make them feel good about an upcoming trip ~~~ for sure.

Maybe somebody has too much time on their hands to be counting, and then to categorize the questions.

May I propose something novel ?

Let's everyone lighten up just a bit, shall we? Couldn't hurt to give it a try.

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7. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

Then #6 ... I exhort you, to further assist our gentle OP ... carracar

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8. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

I lived and worked at the South Rim for 7 years and rarely did I encounter people having enough trouble with altitude sickness to warrant concern or a visit to the local clinic. If you're relatively healthy, you should be fine.

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9. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

+1 for Post #6, cuz #4 was a little harsh. I've seen weirder and way more numerous questions than what the OP has been asking! ;)>

Anyway, as for the altitude sickness, it's true that under 10,000 feet isn't usually a problem for most people. A bigger issue is dehydration causing fatigue, headaches, etc., which some people may mistake for altitude sickness. As RR said, just stay well hydrated. It's much drier here than other places.

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10. Re: Is altitude sickness common in Grand Canyon?

I can tell you coming from flat land- what you WILL notice is shortness of breath much more easily. Not a big deal tho. Walk slow and stop often and drink lots of water :)

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