High Altitude Symptoms

“Altitude Sickness”, also know as “Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)” tends to affect people traveling to areas above 8,000 feet. South Park Ambulance District covers elevations of approximately 9,000 feet to 14,000 feet and is a health condition our EMS crews see frequently. Common symptoms of AMS include headache, nausea/vomiting, light-headedness, shortness of breath on exertion, difficulty sleeping, and frequent need to use the bathroom. Typically, traveling to a lower elevation will alleviate symptoms, but AMS can, on occasion, become life-threatening and seeking medical attention is always advised.

A Silent Heart Attack

A Silent Heart Attack

Don’t mistake serious life-threatening conditions for “Altitude Sickness”! Symptoms of a heart attack vary between men and women. Learn more with our resources below.

Colorado Crisis Services

If you or someone you know is in crisis, get confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365,
by calling Colorado Crisis Services. Toll Free: 1-844-493-(TALK) 8255


Driving change

SPAD improves access to care through regional collaboration, improving access to behavioral health and other services to marginalized and geographically isolated populations.


Retail marijuana is legal in Colorado. The effects of marijuana use can be different for everyone. The effects of usage at high altitude need to be considered.

Station Construction

Our new Michigan Creek Station, located between Jefferson and Como on US 285, is open and fully staffed! Take an in-depth look at the process and view photos of each step of the construction.