Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route

AZBDR routeThe AZBDR is the fourth route developed by the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.  This scenic 750-mile south-to-north route crosses the state of Arizona beginning at the Mexico border and finishing at the Utah border.  The route has been created specifically for dual-sport and adventure motorcyclists who are interested in exploring Arizona’s remote backcountry.  It utilizes many remote dirt roads and leads riders through iconic locations including the Mogollon Rim, Sunset Crater National Monument, Grand Canyon and the Navajo Nation, as well as the historic mining towns of Tombstone and Globe, AZ.

The AZBDR documentary DVD and the water-and tear-resistant Butler Motorcycle Map are availble for sale at the BDR store.  The free GPS tracks, digital map and the route's FAQ and photo gallery are located on the right.

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Go AZ Motorcycles for providing vital financial support for the production of the AZBDR route.


Additional Route Information

In addition to the helpful links on the right, we encourage you to peruse the following websites in preparation for your AZBDR trip.

SheADV.com hosts an interactive BDR Map that shows current weather conditions, estimated snow levels, and forest fires for all BDR's.

Visit the Forest Service Website for current information on forest closures and fire restrictions in the Coconino National Forest.  

For ride reports, route updates, and to join or organize BDR rides, please visit the AZBDR thread on www.ADVrider.com and the Americas thread on www.advrider.com


Route Updates

June 10, 2016 - Section 4 Update - Road Closures Due to Fire

June 8, 2016 - Section 3 Update - Road Closure Due to Fire

March 29, 2016 - Section 2 Update - Heavily Rutted Area

April 28, 2015 - Urgent Re-Rouoting of AZBDR - Section 1

April 1, 2015 - The Navajo Nation Travel Permit has changed to $12 per 24 Hour Period

January 31, 2015 - Permanent Re-Route in Section 1 of the AZBDR

September 23, 2014 - Temporary Route change in Section One of the AZBDR 

August 29, 2014 - The road closure in Section 8 is now open and the tracks for the trip will work. 

May 13, 2014 - Road Closure in Section 8 (re-route avaialble)


Businesses Servicing the Route (Food/Lodging/Gas)

Pleasant Valley Inn

47661 N. Hwy 288 (Arizona 288 & Midway Ave), Young, AZ 85554. Tel. 928-462-3593

 

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The Last Resort Vacation Cabin (Clark Fork, ID)

Waterfront cabin, free wifi (but no cell service), just off Highway 200.  Owner - Cathy Bixler

58 East River Drive, Clark Fork, 83811
Tel. 208 266-0525

SOBRANES Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 36.461
Longitude: -121.901
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 68698 acres (27801.1 ha)
Percent Contained: 60.0%
Expected Containment: 9/30/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 1
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

PILOT Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 34.288
Longitude: -117.251
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 7861 acres (3181.2 ha)
Percent Contained: 100.0%
Expected Containment: 8/16/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 2
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

MINERAL Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 36.089
Longitude: -120.522
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 5000 acres (2023.4 ha)
Percent Contained: 95.0%
Expected Containment: 8/17/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 1
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

HORSESHOE Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 36.463
Longitude: -118.136
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 400 acres (161.9 ha)
Percent Contained: 98.0%
Expected Containment: 8/15/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 2
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

CHIMNEY Wildfire

Report Date: 08/14/2016
Latitude: 35.670
Longitude: -121.004
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 4000 acres (1618.7 ha)
Percent Contained: 20.0%
Expected Containment: 8/29/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 1
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

PIONEER Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 43.950
Longitude: -115.762
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 64786 acres (26218.0 ha)
Percent Contained: 50.0%
Expected Containment: 9/30/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 1
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

STRAWBERRY Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 39.048
Longitude: -114.306
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 4700 acres (1902.0 ha)
Percent Contained: 90.0%
Expected Containment: 8/19/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 2
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

OVERLAND Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 39.966
Longitude: -115.626
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 8900 acres (3601.7 ha)
Percent Contained: Unknown
Expected Containment: Not Reported
Fire Type: Other
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

BRIGGS Wildfire

Report Date: 08/14/2016
Latitude: 38.340
Longitude: -112.469
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 200 acres (80.9 ha)
Percent Contained: 0.0%
Expected Containment: 10/1/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

WHITE HORSE Wildfire

Report Date: 08/14/2016
Latitude: 40.819
Longitude: -117.983
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 830 acres (335.9 ha)
Percent Contained: 100.0%
Expected Containment: 8/16/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

HUNTER PEAK Wildfire

Report Date: 08/09/2016
Latitude: 44.877
Longitude: -109.718
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 1400 acres (566.6 ha)
Percent Contained: 40.0%
Expected Containment: 10/1/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 1
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

ROUGH Wildfire

Report Date: 08/15/2016
Latitude: 44.261
Longitude: -115.432
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 2275 acres (920.7 ha)
Percent Contained: 20.0%
Expected Containment: 9/15/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

TWIN LAKES Wildfire

Report Date: 08/09/2016
Latitude: 43.894
Longitude: -108.981
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 200 acres (80.9 ha)
Percent Contained: 40.0%
Expected Containment: 8/20/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 2
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

SPRING CREEK 2 Wildfire

Report Date: 08/13/2016
Latitude: 39.378
Longitude: -108.069
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 700 acres (283.3 ha)
Percent Contained: 90.0%
Expected Containment: 8/25/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

HAPPY HOLLOW Wildfire

Report Date: 08/14/2016
Latitude: 40.499
Longitude: -108.571
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 335 acres (135.6 ha)
Percent Contained: 75.0%
Expected Containment: 8/20/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

BEAVER CREEK Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 40.958
Longitude: -106.634
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 35543 acres (14383.7 ha)
Percent Contained: 44.0%
Expected Containment: 10/21/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

WHIT Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 44.439
Longitude: -109.427
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 12387 acres (5012.8 ha)
Percent Contained: Unknown
Expected Containment: Not Reported
Fire Type: Other
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 1
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

WASHAKIE PARK Wildfire

Report Date: 08/11/2016
Latitude: 42.994
Longitude: -108.997
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 550 acres (222.6 ha)
Percent Contained: Unknown
Expected Containment: Not Reported
Fire Type: Other
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

LAVA MOUNTAIN Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 43.642
Longitude: -109.968
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 14644 acres (5926.2 ha)
Percent Contained: 95.0%
Expected Containment: 9/1/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

CLAYTON Wildfire

Report Date: 08/14/2016
Latitude: 38.900
Longitude: -122.605
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 2000 acres (809.4 ha)
Percent Contained: 35.0%
Expected Containment: 8/21/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 1
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

BRADY MOUNTAIN Wildfire

Report Date: 08/14/2016
Latitude: 31.076
Longitude: -98.921
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 1000 acres (404.7 ha)
Percent Contained: 100.0%
Expected Containment: 8/15/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

RAIL Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 44.408
Longitude: -118.383
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 111503 acres (45123.7 ha)
Percent Contained: 15.0%
Expected Containment: 8/31/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 2
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

JUNTURA COMPLEX Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 43.836
Longitude: -117.908
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 24301 acres (9834.3 ha)
Percent Contained: Unknown
Expected Containment: Not Reported
Fire Type: Other
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

COPPER KING Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 47.600
Longitude: -115.185
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 1465 acres (592.9 ha)
Percent Contained: 20.0%
Expected Containment: 10/31/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 2
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

CAMP 4 Wildfire

Report Date: 08/13/2016
Latitude: 45.323
Longitude: -107.918
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 2375 acres (961.1 ha)
Percent Contained: Unknown
Expected Containment: Not Reported
Fire Type: Other
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

RACE HORSE GULCH Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 47.356
Longitude: -114.474
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 4580 acres (1853.5 ha)
Percent Contained: 50.0%
Expected Containment: 8/19/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

The Timber Inn and Bar & Grill (Pierce, ID)

2 S Main St, Pierce, ID 83546

Tel. (208) 464-2736

Food, lodging.

Outdoor Inn (Jarbidge, NV)

Food/Camping/Hotel/Showers/Laundry.

Main St, Jarbidge, NV 89826

Tel. (775) 488-2311

Hayhurst Bed & Breakfast (Pine, ID)

810 S Twin Pine Dr, Pine, ID 83647

Tel. (208) 653-2135

Two Cabins, and a seven room Bed & Breakfast with separate Cottage. 

Owners: Gary and Denise Freeman

Haven Hot Springs (Lowman, ID)

7655 ID-21, Lowman, ID 83637

(208) 259-3344 

Food/motel/camping/gas.

Yellow Pine Lodge (Yellow Pine, ID)

360 Yellowpine Ave, Yellow Pine, ID 83677

Tel. 208-697-7343

Food/ Gas/ Store/ Rooms/ and lodge.  Proprietor: Steve Holloway.

Big G on 40 (Fruitland, UT)

45000 W Highway 40, Fruitland, Utah 84027
Tel. (435) 548-2636
Mon-Sun: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Big G on 40 includes: gas/fuel station, cafe, groceries. Hours of operation: Fuel 24 hours, DEF on tap, Cafe 6am-8pm, Store hours: 7 days a week 6am-10pm.
 

Sourdough Lodge (Lowman, ID)

8406 ID-21, Lowman, ID 83637

Tel 208-259-3326

Hotel, store, food, fuel.

The Baum Shelter (Warren, ID)

131 Bemos Gulch St, Warren, ID 83671
 
Tel. (208) 636-4393

The Baum Shelter (formerly know as the Winter Inn) has a restaurant, full bar, lodging and gas in the beautiful Idaho back country.

Secesh Stage Stop (McCall, ID)

24728 Warren Wagon Rd., McCall, ID  83638

Tel. 208-636-4498

Gas, Drinks, Eats, Lodging.
 

Burgdorf Hot Springs (McCall, ID)

404 French Creek (USFS #246), McCall, ID 83638

Tel. 208-636-3036

Cabins, hot springs, small store and gas. Call ahead for food or lodging!

Forest Service Camping 1/4 mile away. 

Riders Rest (Elk City, Idaho)

Privately fenced campground right next to the general store with a restaurant across the street. There are four campsites, each with water, power, sewer, a lean-to shelter, fire pit, and picnic table. Four and six-person tents are available for rent. There is also an office with two bathrooms with showers for campground use.

302 Main Street, Elk City, Idaho 83525

owner@ridersrestelkcity.com

Tel: (208) 790-8107

Elk City Hotel (Elk City, ID)

289 Main Street, Elk City, Idaho 83525

Tel. 208-842-2452

Motel and gift shop.

Lochsa Lodge (Lolo, MT)

115 Powell Rd, Lolo, MT 59847

Tel. (208) 942-3405

Lodge, Cabins, Gas, food and store.

Scheffy's Motel and General Store (Avery, ID)

Food, hotel, shower and laundry as well as non premium ethanol gas. Six large motel rooms with full kitchens that sleep up to 6.

95 Milwaukee Rd, Avery, ID 83802

Tel. 208-245-4410

Email: scheffys@yahoo.com

Lolo Hot Springs (Lolo, MT)

38500 US-12, Lolo, MT 59847

General Information: 877-541-5117 

Pool: 406-273-2290 

Bar and Restaurant: 406-273-2297

Cabins and RV Rentals: 406-273-2294

Lolo Hot Springs is a family-owned and -operated business and have been in business for over 200 years! Our location has a rich history that the entire family can enjoy, call us today to learn more and make your reservation.

The Timber Inn and Bar & Grill (Pierce, ID)

2 S Main St, Pierce, ID 83546

Tel. (208) 464-2736

Food, lodging.

Rider Scott Thompson reviewed on July 18, 2016:  "Not enough is said about the Timber Inn. This small town bar inn was amazing.  The owner was more than willing to help us with whatever we needed. We had a large group so we filled his small inn for the first time. He did not even have a no vacancy sign to post. He allowed tents in the back yard for $5. We were there on taco Tuesday. The large tacos were like your mother made at home. All the food and hospitality was outstanding. While talking to the owner he explained that his business is really struggling so he really appreciated the business. Can you pls repost this on the website to encourage other riders to take advantage of this great small business. 

 

The Outback (Pierce, ID)

211 S. Main St., Pierce, Idaho 83546

Tel. 208-464-2171 or 800-538-1754

Email: harvandcolleen@outbackidaho.com

Individual cabins with kitchens, log lodge with a private hot tub, suites that sleep 6 or more with kitchens.

Owners: Harv and Colleen Nelson

Wallace Hotels & Shops (Wallace, ID)

Downtown Wallace, ID is worth visiting for lodging, dining, shoping, etc.

Pleasant Valley Inn (Young, AZ)

47661 N. Hwy 288 (Arizona 288 & Midway Ave), Young, AZ 85554
Ph. 928-462-3593

A small 10-unit motel right on Hwy 288 along your route in Young, Arizona. Rates vary from $75.00 single occupancy to $80.00 double occupancy. Rooms have in-room coffee, refrigerators, microwaves, cable t.v., internet and if you want, serve breakfast.

                

Winona Trading Post & Towing (Flagstaff, AZ)

I-40 and BDR Route
Day - 928-527-1177  Eve. 928-853-3676
Services: Gas, Groceries, Liquor, Towing Service

Winona Trading Post & Towing (Flagstaff, AZ)

I-40 and BDR Route
Day - 928-527-1177  Eve. 928-853-3676
Services: Gas, Groceries, Liquor, Towing Service

Backwoods Brewing Company (Carson, WA)

An ideal location to celebrate either the beginning or the end of the WABDR.  The pub is open 7 days a week, and will soon be open 11:30 AM - 9 PM every day.  They have outdoor and indoor seating, are family friendly, dogs welcome, and they serve delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches and, of course, beer!

1162 B Wind River Hwy, Carson, WA 98610

Mon - Th 3-9 PM

Fri - Sun 11:30 AM-9 PM

Death Valley Desert Ride - 3rd Annual BDR Fundraiser - SOLD OUT

This event is sold out. Email us to get on the waiting list.
We look forward to exploring Death Valley with new and old friends!



Join the BDR Team, Members, Ambassadors, and other industry professionals and ADV enthusiasts for the third annual BDR Desert Fundraiser, and help raise funds required to create new routes and preserve riding opportunities for the ADV community.

 

BDR Fundraiser

 

THE THIRD ANNUAL BDR DESERT FUNDRAISER RIDE TO BE HELD IN DEATH VALLEY, CA 

Thursday, April 14 - Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Ranch at Furnace Creek

Highway 190, Death Valley, CA 92328

$785 per person (10% discount for BDR Members)

Limited to 50 Riders

Kick off the riding season by exploring the best backcountry trails of the world renowned Death Valley basin. Enjoy spectacular desert scenery, colorful geology, and breathtaking wilderness, while you learn the remarkable Western history, make new friends, and gaze at the stars in one of the largest Dark Sky Parks in the world!

The western-themed grounds of the Ranch at Furnace Creek in the heart of the Death Valley National Park is the base camp for this year's fundraiser.    

WHAT’S INCLUDED

*Note: A limited number of Tent Camping and full hook-up RV Sites is available on a first come first served basis. Please indicate your need for RV or dry camping at the time of the reservation.

All motorcycles must be licensed, street legal, and dual-sport or adventure type.

You’ll have a chance to win prizes from our sponsors KLIM, ExOfficio, Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage, Touratech-USA, Butler Motorcycle Maps, Trailmaster Adventure Gear, Colorado Motorcycle Adventures, DoubleTake Mirror, and other sponsors.

 

ATTENDING THE DEATH VALLEY DESERT RIDE

Tickets to attend the event are $785 per person, and space is limited to 50 guests.  A discounted price of $350 is offered to wives/partners of attending riders, covering all meals and camping/RV hook up. 

The deadline to book your tickets is March 15, 2016.

Reserve your tickets online.

Ticket Options

 

Call 206-383-6233 to make your reservation over the phone. 

Or send your check to: Backcountry Discovery Routes, 4021 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98108, USA.

For questions or more information, email info@backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com or call 206-383-6233.

 

BIKE RENTALS

For your convenience, Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is offering adventure motorcycle rentals on location. Simply call Colorado Motorcycle Adventures at 720.505.2030 to reserve your bike of choice for the event. They will bring the bike to the event for you free of charge and have it ready to ride.

Death Valley bike rental

Furnace Creek Ranch

Furnace Creek Ranch Pool

BDR Death Valley Ride

 

 

 

 

 

EL Farolito (El Rito, NM)

Cafe Abiquiu (Abiquiu, NM)

Bode's General Store (Abiquiu, NM)

EL Bruno's Restaurant & Cantina (Cuba, NM)

EL Cafecito (Grants, NM)

12th Street Coffee (Carrizozo, NM)

Ella's Cafe (Reserve, NM)

NMBDR Movie Premiere - Salt Lake City, UT

NMBDR Premiere in Salt Lake City, UT

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

7:00 pm - Doors open 
7:30 pm - Movie followed by Q&A

Guest Speakers: Kevin Woody, BDR Ambassador and NMBDR Expedition Member.

Tickets: $10 each or $15 for two.  Purchase tickets in advance in person at Harrison Eurosports, located at 339 W 9000 S in Sandy, Utah; or by calling (801) 562-0100.  No tickets will be avaialble at the door. 

For more information: Call (801) 562-0100 or visit the Facebook Event Page.

This event is presented by Harrison Eurosports.

Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico.  Discover New Mexico’s scenic terrain including high-elevation forests, mountains, deserts and canyons. You will experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico’s rural towns, native reservations, historic locations & more.



NMBDR Movie Premiere - Albuquerque, NM

NMBDR Premiere in Albuquerque, NM 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kimo Theatre423 Central Ave N.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102.

2:00 pm - Doors open 
2:30 pm - Movie followed by Q&A 

Sandia BMW Motorcycles, the Presenting Sponsor of the NMBDR, is organizing a ride to the event from their dealership. The group gathers at Sandia at 11:00 am and leaves for the theatre around 12:30 pm.

Guest Speakers: Rob Watt, NMBDR route architect and BDR Board Member; Roger Pattison, NMBDR scouting and expedition team member.

Tickets: $12. Purchase your tickets at http://www.kimotickets.com/event/233137.  

Parking: Free Sunday meter parking is available on Central Avenue.  There is a paid parking garage behind the KiMo Theatre on 5th Street and Copper, as well as a surface parking lot on 6thStreet and Central. (Note, the theatre does not validate parking).

For more information: Call (888) 898-9985 or visit http://www.sandiabmwmotorcycles.com

This event is presented by Sandia BMW Motorcycles.

Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico.  Discover New Mexico’s scenic terrain including high-elevation forests, mountains, deserts and canyons. You will experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico’s rural towns, native reservations, historic locations & more.


Albuquerque NMBDR premiere

 


NMBDR Movie Premiere - New York, NY

World Premiere of the NMBDR Movie Documentary, New York, NY 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BMW of Manhattan Motorcycles, 555 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019.

Motorcycle parking will be available on site for the event at 555 West 57th Street.

7:00 pm - Doors open
7:30 pm - Movie followed by Q&A

Guest Speakers: Sterling Noren, Film Director; Kevin Woody, NMBDR expedition team member and BDR Ambassador.

Admission:  Admission is free with your RSVP.  RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/5UYpAmJdfD

For more information: Call (212) 373-7863 or visit the Facebook Event Page.

This event is presented by BMW of Manhattan Motorcycles.

Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico.  Discover New Mexico’s scenic terrain including high-elevation forests, mountains, deserts and canyons. You will experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico’s rural towns, native reservations, historic locations & more.

NYC NMBDR Premiere

MotoDiscovery

Since 1981, MotoDiscovery has been riding the often overlooked roads of the world seeking authentic destinations off the beaten path.   With their unique selection of motorcycle tours in over 40 countries, including Cuba, Myanmar and Turkey, MotoDiscovery has found its way into the hearts of many spirited men and women.  In addition to guiding tours around the world, MotoDiscovery can design a custom tour of a lifetime for you and your friends.  With over three decades of serving the adventure motorcycling community, you can count on MotoDiscovery to Experience Authentic Adventure.™

Pine Barrens Adventure Camp Riding School & Seven Mountains Adventure Resort New Jersey and Pennsylvania

The East Coast's most popular adventure motorcycle touring and training company. Sponsored by BMW of Manhattan, they specialize in GS and Big Bike training for off-pavement riding and eco-touring, and feature enduro champion and veteran adventure instructors.  The adventure camp also offers weekend tours of the Pinelands National Reserve, and their new Seven Mountains Adventure Resort will feature world class quality accommodations, touring and instruction.  For more than 10 years, the people behind the Pine Barrens School have organized one of the best attended AMA National Adventure rides, the Pine Barrens 500.  They are also the preferred supplier of adventure routes and training classes for the Touratech Rally East event.

Can't Stop Smokin BBQ (Ruidosa, NM)

Cooper's Cafe & General Store (Ardenvoir, WA)

Gas station, cafe and a general store.

The Pony Expresso (Dolores, CO)

Rodeway Inn (Stevenson, WA)

40 N E Second StStevensonWA98648

Tel. (509) 427-5628

Nestled in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest off Highway 14 and Interstate 84 near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Rivermist Mountain Top Estate B&B (Stevenson, WA)

Stevenson, Washington
Tel. (509) 427-4810 

Nestled on five wooded acres catering to those seeking relaxation surrounded by natural beauty and spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia River from the cedar lodge with over 5,000 square feet and a 23-foot ceiling.

Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge (Stevenson, WA)

200 SW Cascade Avenue, Stevenson WA 98648

Tel. 509-427-5650

The Lodge offers eight themed studios in four modern log cabins. No TVs or in-room phones. Cell service and free Wi-Fi are available in guest rooms as well as around the city.  Fully-oufitted kitchenettes, gas fireplaces, shared and private heated soaking pools, outdoor decks facing the river, and low rates ( $89, $109, and $219.)

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures

Ride in comfort and style with Colorado's premiere adventure motorcycling and rental company, located in Denver, CO.  Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is a BMW Motorrad partner and the only BMW certified touring company in the USA. They offer late model dual-sport motorcycles, provide route suggestions, self-guided tours, and all-inclusive guided tours of the Rocky Mountains. Whether you want a one day adventure or a two week ride-of-a-lifetime, the guys at Colorado Motorycle Adventures have over 20 years of experience riding motorcycles across the country, and will put their knowledge and expertise to work for you. Your ride awaits. Live Large, Explore More!

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures

Ride in comfort and style with Colorado's premiere adventure motorcycling and rental company, located in Denver, CO.  Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is a BMW Motorrad partner and the only BMW certified touring company in the USA. They offer late model dual-sport motorcycles, provide route suggestions, self-guided tours, and all-inclusive guided tours of the Rocky Mountains, as well as tours on the BDR's. Whether you want a one day adventure or a two week ride-of-a-lifetime, the guys at Colorado Motorycle Adventures have over 20 years of experience riding motorcycles across the country, and will put their knowledge and expertise to work for you. Your ride awaits. Live Large, Explore More!

River Pilot Tours

Based in Cheyenne, Wyoming, River Pilot Tours is a full service international tour company offering a variety of engaging motorcycle touring packages in the U.S.A and abroad. Packages include FIT self drives, fully guided tours, self-guided GPS tours in the U.S.A, or even extravagant motorcycle and horseback riding in Mongolia. They have wholesale access to rental motorcycles and cars, hotels, airlines, attractions and even offer scouting and support services for business and private individuals. Take a few weeks off and give River Pilot a call. They'll take care of the rest.  River Pilot - Come Along For The Ride.

AZ1 Coronado National Monument to Sonoita

The official start to the AZBDR is a stones throw from the Mexico border in the Coronado National Monument. This is an interesting area both geographically and historically. It is the center of four major biogeographic provinces: Madrean, Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Southern Rockies/Mogollon. It is also the site of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Expedition of 1540-1542. Information about both can be found at the interpretive overlook a few miles from the park entrance. From there, it's a mellow ride along the border fence using wide graded dirt roads before heading north to the small town of Sonoita. Fuel up here for your journey through Empire Ranch - historic working cattle ranch from the 1870s. Highlights: Views to Mexico, Ride along the border fence, Visiting Tombstone & Bisbee. Exploring Empire Ranch Headquarters. Heads Up: Heavy Border Patrol activity, be careful in blind corners. DEEP SAND starting at mile 83 near Empire Ranch. Easier alternate is available. Fuel & food available in Sonoita. Camping available at Parker Canyon Lake & Empire Ranch. Many lodging options in Benson.

AZ2 Sonoita to Benson

The official start to the AZBDR is a stones throw from the Mexico border in the Coronado National Monument. This is an interesting area both geographically and historically. It is the center of four major biogeographic provinces: Madrean, Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Southern Rockies/Mogollon. It is also the site of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado Expedition of 1540-1542. Information about both can be found at the interpretive overlook a few miles from the park entrance. From there, it’s a mellow ride along the border fence using wide graded dirt roads before heading north to the small town of Sonoita. Fuel up here for your journey through Empire Ranch - historic working cattle ranch from the 1870s. Highlights: Views to Mexico, Ride along the border fence, Visiting Tombstone & Bisbee. Exploring Empire Ranch Headquarters. Heads Up: Heavy Border Patrol activity, be careful in blind corners. DEEP SAND starting at mile 83 near Empire Ranch. Easier alternate is available. Fuel & food available in Sonoita. Camping available at Parker Canyon Lake & Empire Ranch. Many lodging options in Benson.

AZ3 Benson to Mammoth

Heading north out of Benson will bring you through stunningly fertile farm lands along the San Pedro river. The road is wide and hard packed with no major obstacles. It's a straight shot up to the small town of Mammoth where you can fuel up. Shove a pack of homemade tortillas in your pannier. The tiny Mexican restaurant next to the gas station in Mammoth makes them hot and fresh. Possibly the best we've ever tasted. Beyond Mammoth you will be paralleling the highway on a narrow railroad service road on your way to Winkelman. The ride from Winkelman to Globe is a fantastic one. Cactus filled desert disappear into high elevation pine forests as you ride stunning ridges on the way to Pioneer Pass. Highlights: Saguaro Cactus, vertile farms land, Pioneer Pass above Globe.

AZ4 Mammoth to Globe

Heading north out of Benson will bring you through stunningly fertile farm lands along the San Pedro river. The road is wide and hard packed with no major obstacles. It's a straight shot up to the small town of Mammoth where you can fuel up. Shove a pack of homemade tortillas in your pannier. The tiny Mexican restaurant next to the gas station in Mammoth makes them hot and fresh. Possibly the best we've ever tasted. Beyond Mammoth you will be paralleling the highway on a narrow railroad service road on your way to Winkelman. The ride from Winkelman to Globe is a fantastic one. Cactus filled desert disappear into high elevation pine forests as you ride stunning ridges on the way to Pioneer Pass. Highlights: Saguaro Cactus, vertile farms land, Pioneer Pass above Globe.

AZ5 Globe to Young

This is a long and remote section with limited bail out points. Once you get north of Roosevelt Lake the road turns from pavement to a wide two lane gravel road with plenty of camping spots among the giant cactus. Ride a little further towards Coon Creek and Cherry Creek for even better campsites tucked under cottonwood trees along the water. The ride from Coon Creek north to Young is some of the most difficult on the trip with relentlessly rocky two track. There is a less difficult alternative but you'll miss out on some spectacular views in the Tonto National Forest. Highlights: Camping along Cherry Creek, views of Roosevelt lake, fun two track roads in desolate terrain. Heads Up: There is no fuel between Globe and Young (80 miles). Food and regular unleaded gas is limited but available Young. No lodging along this section.

AZ6 Young to Winona (Flagstaff)

The Saguaro Cactus and dry deserts make way to Ponderosa Pine, sandstone cliffs and dramatic canyons in section 4. You get a sense for this change almost immediately as the road climbs onto the Mogollon Rim, a 200 mile escarpment that marks the edge of the Colorado Plateau. You can expect a reasonable amount of weekend camping traffic early in this section but expect to see few people the further you go. Highlights: Views from Mogollon Rim, gorgeous Lakes, wildlife. Heads Up: There are no services in this section. If you need gas at Hwy 87, turn left (West) 9.5 miles to gas and food. If you need gas at NF 125, turn left (West) to Mormon Lake Lodge ( Regular Unleaded Only). Plenty of remote camping available along entire section.

AZ7 Winona to Cameron

Just as Section 4 was much different than those before it, Section 5 has riding that is completely different than anything you have experienced in southern Arizona. The first few miles dissect fast roads made of hard packed volcanic sand. Ancient volcanic cones scatter the landscape for most of the ride.The most impressive is Sunset Crater. Take the opportunity to explore a bit in this area and take photos of the lunar landscape. Of course no ride through Arizona would be complete without a visit to the Grand Canyon. This northern part of this section deposits a few short miles from popular tourist overlooks in to the Grand Canyon. For an even more unique look down peel off onto one of the overlooks outside of the Park in Navajo Nation on your way to Cameron. Highlights: Volcanic cones, Sunset Crater, Grand Canyon. Heads Up: There are no services in this section of the route (125 miles). Camping is available around Sunset Crater. Cameron Trading post is a great place to get a room, food and fuel.

AZ8 Cameron to Marble Canyon

You are about to enter Navajo Nation, one of the neatest sections of the AZBDR. This is a wild, untouched part of our country and while visiting here is welcomed, it is a delicate matter. PLEASE respect the land and it's people. Stay on posted roads and keep speeds down. There are a few great opportunities to look down into both the Little Colorado River Canyon and the Grand Canyon itself. The roads are wide and nicely graded with no technical spots or difficult terrain to speak of but keep your eyes open for wild horses and packs of dogs around the modest homes that dot the countryside. Once you leave Navajo Nation you'll have a short slog on pavement before finishing your expedition on 13 miles of fun, mellow dirt roads through Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Congrats! You've completed the AZBDR and have experienced the best landscapes and riding in Arizona. ***Note on riding through Navajo Nation**** You MUST obtain a pass to ride and camp in Navajo Nation. Camping and riding permits are $5 each per person ( cash only). They can be purchased at the small round building at the junction of Hwy 64 and 89 in Cameron. Don't plan on entering these lands after dark after the permit office is closed. Cameron Visitor Center: P.O. Box 459, Cameron, AZ 86020 tel : 928.679.2303, fax:928.679.2017, email: lcr@navajonationparks.org. Highlights: Wild Horses, Native American culture, "non-touristy" overlooks into the Grand Canyon, Sandstone canyons of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Heads Up: DON"T forget your Navajo Nation permit. Fuel & Lodging available in Cameron and Marble Canyon. Camping available in Navajo Nation and Vermillion Cliffs.

AZ9 Marble Canyon to Utah Border

You are about to enter Navajo Nation, one of the neatest sections of the AZBDR. This is a wild, untouched part of our country and while visiting here is welcomed, it is a delicate matter. PLEASE respect the land and it's people. Stay on posted roads and keep speeds down. There are a few great opportunities to look down into both the Little Colorado River Canyon and the Grand Canyon itself. The roads are wide and nicely graded with no technical spots or difficult terrain to speak of but keep your eyes open for wild horses and packs of dogs around the modest homes that dot the countryside. Once you leave Navajo Nation you'll have a short slog on pavement before finishing your expedition on 13 miles of fun, mellow dirt roads through Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Congrats! You've completed the AZBDR and have experienced the best landscapes and riding in Arizona. ***Note on riding through Navajo Nation**** You MUST obtain a pass to ride and camp in Navajo Nation. Camping and riding permits are $5 each per person ( cash only). They can be purchased at the small round building at the junction of Hwy 64 and 89 in Cameron. Don't plan on entering these lands after dark after the permit office is closed. Cameron Visitor Center: P.O. Box 459, Cameron, AZ 86020 tel : 928.679.2303, fax:928.679.2017, email: lcr@navajonationparks.org. Highlights: Wild Horses, Native American culture, "non-touristy" overlooks into the Grand Canyon, Sandstone canyons of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Heads Up: DON"T forget your Navajo Nation permit. Fuel & Lodging available in Cameron and Marble Canyon. Camping available in Navajo Nation and Vermillion Cliffs.

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