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Living Here: Altitude Sickness & Health Care

Medical Care

Telluride Medical Center:

500 West Pacific Avenue

The Telluride Medical Center has provided medical care to the people of Telluride since 1978. As we approach our 30th anniversary we continue to strive towards providing the highest quality and most comprehensive care possible. Board certified Physicians in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine; nationally certified Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants staff the medical center. We have an all RN nursing staff and nationally certified Radiological Techs with years of experience. Our providers specialize in family and preventative medicine, emergency and orthopedic care, high altitude medicine, and sports medicine.

Altitude Sickness

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Telluride is‚ perched in the mountains at a higher altitude than you are likely accustomed to. Combat the potential affects of altitude sickness by drinking an abundance of water (twice the amount you normally consume). It is also wise to limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine the first couple of days at altitude as they can cause dehydration. Before traveling to altitude, ask your doctor about any current illnesses or conditions affecting you now that could be exacerbated by altitude, such as high blood pressure, angina, or pregnancy. Make sure these conditions are under control before you come up here. Avoid over exertion upon arrival. Take it easy on the slopes the first day. At first sign of a headache, take ibuprofen; 400-600 milligrams may be very helpful. Headache, nausea, trouble sleeping, dizziness are the symptoms. Seek treatment if symptoms continue longer than 24-48 hours or the symptoms are severe, such as vomiting, severe headache or difficulty breathing. It is quite common to have minor symptoms or difficulty breathing the first few hours at altitude. Medical care may include the use of oxygen or medication.


Find your mountain Zen within the newly enhanced Golden Door Spa at The Peaks. Rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit within the renovated and redesigned Golden Door Spa at The Peaks. One of the nation’s top mountain spas, our magnificent Telluride, Colorado spa has undergone a $2 million enhancement to provide updated facilities, refurbished décor and a new menu of treatment options and classes. Find restoration, pampering and renewed energy with a customized program that includes signature Golden Door and classic European treatments along with an array of offerings inspired by the breathtaking alpine surroundings. A state-of-the-art fitness center features cardio equipment with personal televisions and headphones, strength room with free weight equipment and multiple movement studios for yoga, Pilates and high-energy fitness classes. Revitalize through the art of massage, therapeutic bath, facials, body treatments, creating a complete sense of well-being and harmony.

Located at The Peaks Hotel 136 Country Club Drive 970-728-6800


Dr. Terry Brown

101 East Colorado Avenue, 2nd floor


Dr. Carol Adams

126 West Colorado 2nd floor


Telluride Vet Clinic

547 ½ West Pacific Avenue 970-728-4461
(located in the alley between Colorado and Pacific)