Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route

COBDR routeThe Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route is a scenic ride across the state of Colorado, beginning in Four Corners and finishing at the Wyoming Border. The route has been created specifically for dual-sport and adventure motorcyclists who are interested in exploring Colorado’s majestic high-mountain ranges and historic mining country.

This 675-mile south-to-north route utilizes many remote and high-elevation dirt roads and leads riders through a number of iconic locations including Telluride, San Juan Mountains, Continental Divide, Collegiate Range, Northern Rocky Mountains and historic Leadville, along the Colorado River.

The COBDR is a multi-day off-road adventure that sends dual-sport motorcycle riders through the most dramatic and rugged landscapes in Colorado.  The route begins at the Four Corners National Monument in southern Colorado and ends 675 miles away at the Colorado-Wyoming border.  This route utilizes a variety of unpaved roads with rocks, mud, sand and water crossings to make it fun and challenging.  It is intended for intermediate to advanced riders, and can be ridden on most treet legal dual-sport and adventure motorcycles.   

In preparation for the ride, you can download free GPS tracks of the route by following the 'Download GPS Tracks' link on the right. We recommend you also purchase the COBDR Butler Motorcycle Map, and review the FAQ (link on the right) to help with planning your adventure. 


In addition to the Interactive COBDR Map on the right, SheADV.com hosts an interactive BDR Map that shows current weather conditions, estimated snow levels, and forest fires for all BDR's.

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


Route Updates

May 17, 2016 - Current Snow Levels - For up to date information on current snow levels in Colorado, visit http://www.weatherstreet.com/weather-forecast/colorado-snow-cover.htm


Businesses Servicing the Route (Food/Lodging/Gas)

The Pony Expresso: 795 Railroad Ave. (Hwy. 145), Dolores, CO 81323.  Tel. 970-882-7950.

 

 

COBDR

CLOSE MAP

Backcountry Discovery Routes

Backcountry Discovery Routes Headquarters

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)

95 Milwaukee Rd, Avery, ID 83802

Tel. 208-245-4410. 

Motel, general store.

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

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

Built by a team of riders as passionate about adventure motorcycling as you are, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has become the go-to source for adventure riders everywhere. With dedicated categories for riding gear, adventure tires, luggage/panniers, camping gear and motorcycle parts, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is your online stop for adventure.

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.

Sec 1 Four Corners to Telluride

The official start of the COBDR begins at the Four Corners Monument where the borders of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado converge. This is Tribal land so backcountry travel is very limited. The official BDR track follows paved roads to the small town of Dolores before peeling off onto the dirt. Riders can fill up with fuel there before heading north on a mix of narrow two track and wide graded roads on the way toward Groundhog Reservoir. There is a small convenience store at the reservoir for drinks and snacks. While the official route takes off on a dirt road just before the town of Telluride, consider riding through the historic downtown and up to Bridal Veil Falls. Highlights: Four Corners Monument, San Miguel Mt Range, Bridal Veil Falls, Downtown Telluride Lodging:Cortez, Telluride

Sec 2 Telluride to Lake City

Section 2 brings riders through the heart of Southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Dramatic passes, ghost towns and one of a kind vistas make this section a highlight of the trip. The first riding challenge comes on Ophir Pass, just outside Telluride. This is a rocky road with tight switchbacks that require a slow and methodical pace. At Highway 550, riders will have several miles of pavement before heading east on rugged backroads toward Lake City over several high altitude passes. The charming town of Ouray is several miles off route, but is worth the detour especially if you’re looking for a real bed and a warm meal. The ride from Ouray to Lake City covers incredible terrain over Corkscrew Pass, California Pass, and Cinnamon Pass. Expect to take the better part of a day to explore this area. There will more than enough excuses to stop for a photo and wander around historic mining towns. Highlights: Ophir Pass, Downtown Ouray, ghost towns including Animas Forks, numerous high passes. Camping: Primitive camping at base of Corkscrew Pass just off of Hwy 550 as well as near Lake City. There is also a state campground with services along Lake San Cristobal. Lodging: Ouray, Lake City

Gas to Telluride

Fuel available in Telluride

Gas to Ouray

Fuel available in Ouray

Alt Sec 3 Easy Ouray to Lake City

Alternative route - easy bypass.

Sec 3 Lake City to Buena Vista

Section 3 is a much different riding experience than the first two sections. The roads are wider and faster, allowing for quick miles between fuel stops in Lake City and Taylor Park. For those looking to camp, primitive but beautiful spots can be found nearLos Pinos Pass. The small mining towns of TinCup & Pitkin are worth a stop and offer a few choices for food and supplies. If fuel range is an issue, fill up in Taylor Park before heading over Cottonwood Pass. A few small water crossings make the route interesting before hitting the well-traveled oiled and blacktop surface of Cottonwood Pass. Buena Vista is one of the larger towns along the COBDR with plenty of places to eat and sleep. Highlights: Pitkin, Tincup, Cumberland Pass, Cottonwood Pass, Moose and other wildlife on Los Pinos Pass, Water Crossings

Gas to Lake City

Gas available in Lake City

Alt Sec 4 Easy Go around Home Gulch

Alternative route - easy bypass.

Gas to Taylor Park

Gas available in Taylor Park

Sec 4 Buena Vista to Gypsum

Be prepared for varying types of roads in Section 4. Just outside Buena Vista, the route follows sandy two-track through an OHV area. Heading north, riders will traverse three major alpine passes on your way to the high desert landscape of Gypsum. Weston Pass is the first and has no major obstacles. Food, lodging and fuel are available in Leadville, a historic mining town and one-time front runner for Colorado state capital. Haggarman Pass is typical of Colorado’s backcountry, offering stunning views of the rugged alpine tundra. After descending into the Fryingpan River valley for a short stint on black top, the route heads north again over Crooked Creek Pass. Lime Creek Park has a few primitive camp sites at the base of a steep limestone canyon. Alternatively, ride to the other side of the pass and pay for spot at Sylvan Lake State Park. Narrow logging and hunting roads will bring you from Sylvan to Gypsum through dense pine and aspen forest.

Sec 5 Gypsum to Steamboat Springs

Section 5 begins on a mellow dirt road that runs past the town’s namesake gypsum mine north of town. Low sage and black dirt offer a unique contrast to the alpine settings experienced in previous sections. Wilderness and private land limit off-road options through this part of the state, so a small section of paved riding is necessary to link the best dirt sections together. Keep an eye out for State Bridge along the Colorado River and Highway 131. This funky venue offers camping in teepees and yurts, and live music events. North of State Bridge you’ll encounter mellow dirt roads with a few shallow water crossings. Camping is very limited once you cross over Highway 134 near Gore Pass, so riders looking to pitch a tent should keep their eyes peeled between State Bridge and the historic stagecoach stop just south of the highway. The small section of road below the dam at Stagecoach Reservoir is particularly stunning in the early morning or late evening when the sun bounces off the river winding next to the road. Highlights: Colorado River, Historic Stagecoach, downtown Steamboat Springs Camping: State Bridge, Campgrounds at Stagecoach Reservoir

Sec 6 Steamboat to Wyo Border

The final section of the route is a mellow one. Just north and west of Steamboat Springs, the route connects gently winding roads through lush farmland. These are well used roads, so be wary of farm trucks and other traffic. As you pass Steamboat Lake, the road narrows into serene pine forest, but remains relatively easy. Highlights: Steamboat Lake, aspen forests, Little Snake River Valley. Camping: Steamboat Lake, Routt National Forest

General Disclaimer; Limitation of Liability
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE USE OF UTBDR AND THE WEB SITE IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK AND THAT THE WEB SITE AND THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES. COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT MATERIALS IN THE SITE OR THE SERVICES ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE. COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR ITS SERVERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY, ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF PROFITS OR LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITES, THE SERVICES, THE CONTENT OR THE SITE MATERIALS CONTAINED IN OR ACCESSED THROUGH THE WEB SITES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY DAMAGES CASED BY OR RESULTING FROM RELIANCE BY USER ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEB SITES OR THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES OR EMAIL, ERRORS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF COMPANY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE OR IMPUTED), PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE EXCEED ANY COMPENSATION YOU PAY, IF ANY, TO COMPANY FOR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE WEB SITES.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL COMPANY OR ITS LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OR LIABILITIES WHATSOEVER ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THE DATA, THE SITE, OR SERVICE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY, EVEN IF COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

THE GPS TRACKS ARE PROVIDED TO YOU FREE OF CHARGE. ACCORDINGLY, THEY ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," WITH ALL FAULTS, DEFECTS AND ERRORS, AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, COMPANY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, ARISING BY LAW OR OTHERWISE, REGARDING THE APPLICATIONS, THE SITE AND THE SERVICE AND ITS PERFORMANCE OR SUITABILITY FOR YOUR INTENDED USE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, COMPANY DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE GPS TRACKS, THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE FREE OF BUGS, ERRORS, VIRUSES OR OTHER DEFECTS, AND COMPANY SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OF ANY KIND FOR THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE APPLICATIONS, THE SITE OR THE SERVICE OR ANY OTHER PRODUCT OR SERVICE ASSOCIATED THEREWITH.

Governing Law; Jurisdiction
These Terms of Service are governed by the laws of the State of Washington and the United States of America, without regard to any conflict of law principles to the contrary. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to the Site or the Service shall be filed only in the state and federal courts located in King County, Washington and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of these Terms of Service.

COBDR FAQ

Below are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route.  

COBDR Packing List

(This packing list serves as an example and is not intended to be a complete list for your backcountry riding needs. Feel free to customize this list to work for you.)

COBDR Restaurants

COBDR Gas Stations

COBDR Wildfires