For the last decade, Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has worked hard to make off-highway riding more accessible to ADV riders and dual-sporters. The non-profit organization creates routes that take riders through areas they may not have otherwise traveled, bringing economic relief to less-advantaged rural communities across America. In addition, these routes advocate for responsible motorcycle travel and establishing relationships between riders and the general public. These bonds will create locals who will in time support trail systems and other off-highway roads to remain open. BDR has created 10 routes with free GPS files for riders to plan their own adventures.
In February of this year, BDR released the most recent addition to the lineup—the Wyoming BDR. This route takes riders to some of the most dramatic and rugged landscapes in Wyoming via mostly dirt and gravel roads. The route begins in Baggs, WY, and follows mountain ranges to the east before turning north through the Bighorn Mountains.
The route features moderately technical riding through regions of vast high desert, short-grass prairies, and alpine climates. Riders will summit two different 11,000-foot mountains and visit historic mining towns before ending at a remote point on the Wyoming-Montana border. This is one of the most remote BDRs to date, so be sure to plan ahead.
To support Backcountry Discovery Routes in their efforts, you can purchase paper maps, trip DVDs, and stickers through their website. Donations are also accepted.