How to Ride ATVs in High Altitude

This image is from Silver City, Colo., which sits a staggering 8,600 feet above sea level. Some trails nearby top out at 13,000 feet, so preparing for the thin air found at high altitude is a must -- it can affect your body and suffocate your ATV's engine.

So head to the hills when the weather gets hot. Here is a quick rundown of some tips for coping with altitude:

Hydrate
Increasing your water intake before, during, and after being at altitude decreases your chances of experiencing altitude sickness (symptoms: headache, tiredness, and upset stomach).

Rejet
Because there is less air at high altitudes, it is important to rejet your machine's carburetor so the engine gets the proper fuel/air mixture.

Pacing
At high altitudes it is important to give your body time to acclimate, because it takes more breaths to bring in the same amount of oxygen compared to sea-level. A little bit of extra rest time between rides reduces the chances of being exhausted after a ride.

Rest
For the same reasoning as the previous tip, you should get some extra sleep in order to let your body rejuvenate after a day of riding.

With these minor adjustments to your machine and body it is possible to enjoy multiple days of high-altitude riding where the air is thin. The unequalled terrain and spectacular views are well worth it.