Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

IDBDR route

If you’ve ever wanted to ride endless twisty mountain roads, the Idaho BDR will throw corners at you for days on end. You also won’t get many digital interruptions because your cell phone won’t have reception on much of this route. It’s a true off- the-grid ride that is long enough, at 1,250 miles, that you might just use up an entire rear knobby tire.

Starting in the historic town of Jarbidge, NV the route crosses range lands and then heads into the Boise National Forest and treats riders with views of Andersen reservoir and epic alpine camping at Trinity lakes. Tiny towns and treasures like Burgdorf Hot Springs make this a bucket list ride for sure. You’ll travel where Lewis and Clark made history and experience the legendary Magruder Corridor and Lolo Motorway which skirt the roadless Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness. You will reach modest hints of civilization as you pass through Sand Point, Bonneys Ferry on your way to the Canadian Border. 

Best time of year: July though October are ideal. Late June can be nice if the snow has melted from the high passes. Watch out for early snow and hunters if you are going in the fall.


The IDBDR project is presented by the Idaho Department of Commerce – Tourism Developmentand Big Twin Motorcycles, Idaho’s premiere motorcycle dealership, and the official dealer of the IDBDR. 


Additional Route Resources

In addition to the Intercative IDBDR 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 IDBDR thread on www.ADVrider.comthe Americas thread on www.advrider.com or the BDR Facebook.


Route Updates

August 11, 2016 - Section 2 Road Closures due to Pioneer Fire.

July 30, 2016 - The Magruder Corridor from Elk City, ID to Darby, MT is now reopened. 

July 13, 2016 - Section 8 Road Closure.

July 1, 2016 - Magruder Corridor (Section 4) - Closed due to Road Repairs till End of July. Re-route available.


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Businesses Servicing the Route (Lodging, Food and Fuel)

Outdoor Inn (Jarbidge, NV): Main St, Jarbidge, NV 89826.  Tel. (775) 488-2311. Food, Camping, Hotel, Showers, Laundry.

Hayhurst Bed & Breakfast (Pine, ID): 810 So Twin Pine Dr, Pine, ID 83647. Tel. (208) 653-2135.  Two Cabins, and a seven room Bed & Breakfast with separate Cottage. 

Haven Hot Springs (Lowman, ID): 7655 ID-21, Lowman, ID 83637.   Tel. (208) 259-3344. Food, motel, camping, gas.

Sourdough Lodge (Lowman, ID): 8406 ID-21, Lowman, ID 83637.  Tel 208-259-3326.  Hotel, store, food, fuel. 

Yellow Pine Lodge (Yellow Pine, ID)360 Yellowpine Ave, Yellow Pine, ID 83677.  Tel. 208-697-7343.  Food, Gas, Store, Rooms and lodge.  

The Corner (Yellow Pine, ID): Tel. 208-633-3325.  390 Yellowpine Ave. Yellow Pine, ID 83677.  Food and beer throughout the summer. Also have high octane fuel, supplies and wi-fi. Can be contacted for conditions.

The Baum Shelter (Warren, ID): 131 Bemos Gulch St, Warren, ID 83671.  Tel. (208) 636-4393.  Restaurant, full bar, lodging and gas.

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. 

Elk City Hotel (Elk City, ID): 289 Main Street, Elk City, Idaho 83525.Tel. 208-842-2452. Motel and gift shop.

Riders Rest (Elk City, ID): 302 Main Street, Elk City, ID 83525 .Tel. 208-790-8107. Privately fenced campground with showers.

Red River Hot Springs (Elk City, ID): 3827 Red River Road, Elk City ID 83525.  Tel. 208-842-2587. Lodge rooms, cabins, camping,  natural hot springs, food service.

Lochsa Lodge (Lolo, MT):115 Powell Rd, Lolo, MT 59847.Tel. (208) 942-3405. Lodge, Cabins, Gas, food and store.

Lolo Hot Springs (Lolo, MT): 38500 US-12, Lolo, MT 5984.  Tel 877-541-5117. Hotel and Restaurant.

Travellers Rest Cabins and RV Park (Darby, MT)  601 N. Main St, Darby, MT  58929. Tel. (406) 821-3282.  Cabins, motel rooms, hostel, RV and tent campsites downtown Darby, along Hwy 93.

Scheffy's Motel and General Store (Avery, ID): 95 Milwaukee Rd, Avery, ID 83802. Tel. 208-245-4410. Food, hotel, shower and laundry, as well as non premium ethanol gas.

The Timber Inn and Bar & Grill (Pierce, ID): 2 S Main St, Pierce, ID 83546. Tel. (208) 464-2736.  Highly reviewed food and lodging.

The Outback (Pierce, ID): 211 S. Main St., Pierce, Idaho 83546.  Tel. 208-464-2171 or 800-538-1754.  Individual cabins with kitchens, log lodge with a private hot tub, suites that sleep 6 or more with kitchens.  

Wallace Hotels & Shops (Wallace, ID):  Downtown Wallace, ID is worth visiting for lodging, dining, shoping, etc.

The Last Resort Vacation Cabin (Clark Fork, ID)58 East River Drive, Clark Fork, 83811.  Tel. 208 266-0525.  Waterfront cabin, free wifi (but no cell service), just off Highway 200. 

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The Corner (Yellow Pine, ID)

The Corner (Yellow Pine, ID)

Food and beer throughout the summer. Also have high octane fuel, supplies and wi-fi. Can be contacted for conditions.

Proprietors: Matt, Heather and Skadi Huber.

Tel. 208-633-3325

390 Yellowpine Ave. Yellow Pine, ID 83677.  

Red River Hot Springs (Elk City, ID)

 

Lodge rooms, cabins, camping,  natural hot springs, food service.

3827 Red River Road, Elk City ID 83525.

Tel. 208-842-2587. 

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

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.

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.

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

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

Gas station, cafe and a general store.

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.)

Yellow Pine Food & Gas

Elk City Food & Gas (Elk City, ID)

Lochsa Lodge Food & Gas

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Lolo Hot Springs

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Lolo Pass

on route

Burnt Knob Fire Lookout

on route

Elk City Food & Gas

on route

Florence Ghost Town

on route

Florence Cemetery

on route

Manning Bridge

on route

French Creek Grade

on route

Burgdorf Hot Springs Resort

on route

Old Bus

on route

Old Cemetery

on route

Warren Town

on route

Pilot Peak Fire Lookout

side trip

Elk Summit Pass

on route

Yellow Pine Food & Gas

on route

Warm Lake North Shore Resort

side trip

Deadwood Reservoir

on route

Creek Crossing

on route

Whitehawk Mountain Fire Lookout

side trip

Haven Hot Springs Food & Gas

on route

50-Inch Wide Bridge

on route

Trinity Mountain Fire Lookout

on route

Big Trinity Lake

on route

Pine Food & Gas

on route

Featherville, Idaho

on route

Anderson Ranch Reservoir Access

on route

Anderson Ranch Reservoir Dam

on route

Jarbidge Nevada Food & Gas

on route

Idaho Border

on route

Bear Lake Overlook

on route

Bear Lake Shoreline Access

on route

Temple Peak Summit

side trip

Monte Cristo Range

on route

Canadian Border (no pictures)

on route

Nighthawk Ghost Town

on route

Chopaka Lake Camp

side trip

Cold Springs Camp and Viewpoint

on route

Lone Frank Pass

on route

Salmon Meadows Camp

on route

Town of Conconully

on route

Ruby Townsite Historical Marker

on route

Arlington Mine Site

side trip

China Wall of Loup Loup (approx)

side trip

Leader Lake

side trip

Town of Winthrop

side trip

Carlton Store

on route

Cooper Mountain Summit

on route

Lake Chelan Shoreline Park

on route

The Jungle

on route

Slide Ridge Views

on route

Steliko Lookout Tower

side trip

Ardenvoir Restaurant & Gas

on route

Grotto Corral at Entiat River

on route

Sugarloaf Lookout Tower

side trip

Chumstick Mountain Summit

on route

Beehive Reservoir

on route

Lion Rock Viewpoint

side trip

Reecer Creek Twisties

on route

Baby Head Hill

on route

Clemen Mountain Summit

on route

Woodshed Restaurant & Gas

on route

Bethel Ridge Rocky Point

on route

Bethel Ridge Hidden Viewpoint

side trip

Cash Prairie Camp

side trip

Rimrock Lake Resort

on route

Walupt Lake

side trip

Horseshoe Lake

side trip

Takhlakh Lake

on route

Babyshoe Ridge Viewpoint

side trip

Ice Caves

side trip

Trail Peak Viewpoint

on route

Walking Man Brewing, Stevenson

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Oregon Border - Bridge of the Gods

on route

Travellers Rest Cabins and RV Park (Darby, MT)

Travellers Rest Cabins and RV Park (Darby, MT) 

Cabins, motel rooms, hostel, RV and tent campsites downtown Darby, along Hwy 93.

Proprietor: Mary Morris

601 N. Main St, Darby, MT  58929.

Tel. (406) 821-3282.  

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

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

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

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 Corner (Yellow Pine, ID)

The Corner (Yellow Pine, ID)

Food and beer throughout the summer. Also have high octane fuel, supplies and wi-fi. Can be contacted for conditions.

Proprietors: Matt, Heather and Skadi Huber.

Tel. 208-633-3325

390 Yellowpine Ave. Yellow Pine, ID 83677.  

Red River Hot Springs (Elk City, ID)

 

Lodge rooms, cabins, camping,  natural hot springs, food service.

3827 Red River Road, Elk City ID 83525.

Tel. 208-842-2587. 

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

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.

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.

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

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

Gas station, cafe and a general store.

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.)

Yellow Pine Food & Gas

Elk City Food & Gas (Elk City, ID)

Lochsa Lodge Food & Gas

on route

Lolo Hot Springs

on route

Lolo Pass

on route

Burnt Knob Fire Lookout

on route

Elk City Food & Gas

on route

Florence Ghost Town

on route

Florence Cemetery

on route

Manning Bridge

on route

French Creek Grade

on route

Burgdorf Hot Springs Resort

on route

Old Bus

on route

Old Cemetery

on route

Warren Town

on route

Pilot Peak Fire Lookout

side trip

Elk Summit Pass

on route

Yellow Pine Food & Gas

on route

Warm Lake North Shore Resort

side trip

Deadwood Reservoir

on route

Creek Crossing

on route

Whitehawk Mountain Fire Lookout

side trip

Haven Hot Springs Food & Gas

on route

50-Inch Wide Bridge

on route

Trinity Mountain Fire Lookout

on route

Big Trinity Lake

on route

Pine Food & Gas

on route

Featherville, Idaho

on route

Anderson Ranch Reservoir Access

on route

Anderson Ranch Reservoir Dam

on route

Jarbidge Nevada Food & Gas

on route

Idaho Border

on route

Bear Lake Overlook

on route

Bear Lake Shoreline Access

on route

Temple Peak Summit

side trip

Monte Cristo Range

on route

Canadian Border (no pictures)

on route

Nighthawk Ghost Town

on route

Chopaka Lake Camp

side trip

Cold Springs Camp and Viewpoint

on route

Lone Frank Pass

on route

Salmon Meadows Camp

on route

Town of Conconully

on route

Ruby Townsite Historical Marker

on route

Arlington Mine Site

side trip

China Wall of Loup Loup (approx)

side trip

Leader Lake

side trip

Town of Winthrop

side trip

Carlton Store

on route

Cooper Mountain Summit

on route

Lake Chelan Shoreline Park

on route

The Jungle

on route

Slide Ridge Views

on route

Steliko Lookout Tower

side trip

Ardenvoir Restaurant & Gas

on route

Grotto Corral at Entiat River

on route

Sugarloaf Lookout Tower

side trip

Chumstick Mountain Summit

on route

Beehive Reservoir

on route

Lion Rock Viewpoint

side trip

Reecer Creek Twisties

on route

Baby Head Hill

on route

Clemen Mountain Summit

on route

Woodshed Restaurant & Gas

on route

Bethel Ridge Rocky Point

on route

Bethel Ridge Hidden Viewpoint

side trip

Cash Prairie Camp

side trip

Rimrock Lake Resort

on route

Walupt Lake

side trip

Horseshoe Lake

side trip

Takhlakh Lake

on route

Babyshoe Ridge Viewpoint

side trip

Ice Caves

side trip

Trail Peak Viewpoint

on route

Walking Man Brewing, Stevenson

on route

Oregon Border - Bridge of the Gods

on route

Travellers Rest Cabins and RV Park (Darby, MT)

Travellers Rest Cabins and RV Park (Darby, MT) 

Cabins, motel rooms, hostel, RV and tent campsites downtown Darby, along Hwy 93.

Proprietor: Mary Morris

601 N. Main St, Darby, MT  58929.

Tel. (406) 821-3282.  

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.



Sec 01 Jarbridge to Pine

The IDBDR begins just south of the Idaho border in the historical mining town of Jarbidge, Nevada. Plan on staying the night there and hanging out with the locals at the Outdoor Inn. The ride north out of the canyon follows a crystal clear creek before winding its way up to the dry desert of southern Idaho. You’ll make good time on straight gravel roads past the Saylon Creek Air Force Range before crossing the Snake River at Glenns Ferry. More wide gravel roads take you through low alpine terrain before connecting to Highway 20 and eventually Anderson Ranch Reservoir. The ride around the lake is a great one. Pine is located just north of the lake and is really more of a gas and convenience store than a town but it is the only place to fill up until you get to Lowman. Do not pass Pine without fueling up. Highlights: Exploring historical sites in Jarbidge. Low flying military jets training at Saylon Creek. Crossing Anderson Ranch Reservoir dam. Camping: Jarbidge & Jarbidge Canyon; Primitive campsites along Bennett Mountain Road south of Highway 20; Along Anderson Ranch Reservoir. Fuel & Food: Jarbidge, Glenns Ferry, Pine. Hotel/Motel: Very Limited -Jarbidge has a few rooms at the Outdoor Inn, Glenns Ferry has a handful of options.

Sec 02 Pine to Yellow Pine

Just north of Pine the route begins a dramatic climb into the Boise National Forest and a much different Idaho begins to take shape. The hot, dry landscapes you experienced in section one make way to jagged mountains and alpine lakes. Trinity Lake is a must stop for a rest, grab one of the managed campsites along the waters edge if you are ready to pitch a tent for the night. Take a ride to the highest drivable point in Idaho at Trinity Lookout, 9,451 feet. From here, the ride to Lowman and Yellow Pine is scenic but slightly gruelling with relentlessly twisty gravel roads which require plenty of focus. The small village of Yellow Pine is a true highlight of the trip. If you happen to be here the first week of August make a point to experience the Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival. Any other time of year you’ll be among a handful of friendly outdoorsman who use Yellow Pine as the jumping off point for exploring this remote area of Idaho. You’ll find just about everything you need to stock up on food and provisions at the small general store in the heart of town. ***Warning*** The ride to the Trinity Lookout Tower is for experts only. It is an optional alternate on the IDBDR. What you see from the gate is a great example of what the road is like all the way to the top. There are loose rocks and a handful of tight switchbacks. Park your bike below the tower and hike a few hundred feet up for spectacular 360 degree views. Highlights: Trinity Lake, Trinity Lookout, Deadwood Reservoir, town of Yellow Pine. Camping: Trinity Lake, Deadwood Reservoir, Primitive camping nearly anywhere. Fuel: Haven Hot Springs (Kirkham Campground) outside Lowman, Yellow Pine. Food: Lowman, Yellow Pine. Hotel/Motel: Very limited. Lowman has three small motels. Yellow Pine has rooms at the General Store as well as a small Bed & Breakfast.

Sec 03 Yellow Pine to Elk City

You are now in the heart of Idaho's backcountry along the edge of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The roads are much like you experienced further south but there are a few incredibly interesting places that make this section of the BDR extremely unique. The small mining town of Warren has been around since the mid 1800’s and has plenty of historic relics to remind you of how life was over 150 years ago. Burgdorf Hot springs is a short ride from Warren and is another must stop on the IDBDR. The hot pools and cabins are open year round and make for an incredibly relaxing stop after miles of backcountry riding. From Burgdorf keep an eye out for the old abandoned school bus before you wind down the switchbacks of French Creek Grade to the Salmon River. After crossing the historic Manning Bridge you’ll ride a mix of pavement and meandering dirt roads to the small town of Elk CIty, the western portal to the Magruder Corridor. Highlights: Warren Mining Town, Burgdorf Hot Springs, French Creek Grade Rd. Crossing the Manning Bridge over the Salmon River, Old abandoned school bus. Camping: Burgdorf, plenty of primitive camping everywhere. Fuel: Burgdorf, Elk City. Food: Elk City. Hotel/Motel: Cabins for rent at Burgdorf. There are a few small motels in Elk City including a motorcycle camp.

Sec 04 Elk City to Darby

This is the Idaho you’ve always dreamed about: moose, wolves, elk and dramatic vistas. The Magruder Corridor itself runs from the Red River Ranger Station east of Elk CIty to Darby, Montana and splits the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church wilderness. Little has changed on the road since it was built in the 1930’s. The road surface itself is not particularly challenging in dry conditions; however, are no services for over 120 miles and very few people around for help. Expect to take six to eight hours without stopping but we recommend taking your time to explore the historical spots along the way. The corridor is typically open from July through September. Highlights: Lloyd Magruder murder site, Burnt Knob Lookout, views. Camping: Primitive Camping is sparse along most of the corridor. Fuel: Elk City & Darby, MT. Food: Elk City and Darby, MT. Hotel/motel: Elk City and Darby, MT.

Sec 05 Darby MT to Pierce

There is roughly 50 miles of pavement between Darby and Lolo before you turn onto the famous Lolo Pass and head back into Idaho. The paved segment from Lolo to Lochsa Lodge is as good as you’ll find anywhere. Lochsa Lodge has a great restaurant and cabins for rent to regroup before tackling the infamous Lolo Motorway. The Lolo Motorway follows the path used by the Nez Perce Indians to reach buffalo hunting grounds on the Great Plains. It was also used by Lewis and Clark during their quest to find an inland waterway to the west in 1805. The forest road you’ll be riding is not particularly challenging but if you take your time it should take you all day to stop and explore the dozens of historically significant spots along way. Highlights: Indian Post Office, Lolo Motorway, Lolo Pass. Camping: Beds and camping at Lochsa Lodge, primitive camping along the Lolo Motorway. Fuel: Lochsa Lodge, Pierce Food - Lochsa Lodge, Pierce has a few restaurants and a small grocery store.

Sec 06 Pierce to Wallace

You’ve entered the Idaho panhandle and are in for a real treat. The towns in section 6 are some of the quantist in the state, so take the time to wander around. A true highlight of the entire IDBDR route is the Blue Cabin between Pierce and Avery. This is a small cabin that is open to the public on a first come first serve basis - no reservations or key necessary. It sleeps 4-6 people on beds and has a antique stove and sink for preparing meals, plus a fire pit to sit around and watch the sun go down. It is VERY important to leave the cabin in better shape than you found it. Put a note in the guest book and check out the other adv riders who have had the pleasure of experiencing one of the unique treasures along the IDBDR. Just north of Avery there are two route options: one goes through the old railroad tunnels on a wide dirt road, the other is an easy bike and ATV only trail that parallels the tunnels on the other side of the creek. Both are worthy of your time and you can do both by looping back, it’s only a couple miles. Highlights: Blue Cabin, Avery Train, Historical Downtown Wallace. Camping: Blue Cabin, Primitive camping everywhere, hotels in Wallace. Fuel: Pierce, Avery, Wallace Food - Pierce, Avery, Wallace.

Sec 07 Wallace to Clark Fork

Section 7 begins in the Silver Capital of the World: Wallace, Idaho. Every building in downtown Wallace is on the National Register of Historic Places which is why I-90 had to be built above the town instead of going through it. The ride north from here winds along mellow forest roads with no real surprises. HEADS UP! This is Grizzly Bear country so camp accordingly. Highlights: Grassy Mtn, Spyglass Lookout, CDA River. Camping: Primitive camping most of the section. Hotels in Wallace. Fuel: Wallace, Clark Fork. Food: Wallace, Clark Fork.

Sec 08 Clark Fork to Canada

You’re almost to Canada. There are only a handful of dirt road options in this narrow strip of land between Washington and Idaho so expect a bit of pavement which may be welcome at this point in your journey. Just out of Clark Fork you’ll head up Lightning Creek Road towards the Kaniksu National Forest. Stop at the Char Falls. It’s a short hike - just a few minutes and well worth the photo opportunity. Lunch Mountain Fire Lookout is also on the way. With a little foresight and digging around online you can actually book out the bunk in the lookout itself. You’ll alternate between dirt and pavement on your north past the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. Highlights: Char Falls, Lunch Mountain Fire Lookout, Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. Camping: Primitive camping along Lightening creek. Fuel: Clark Fork, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, CAN Border. Food: Clark Fork, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, CAN Border.

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IDBDR FAQ

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

IDBDR Discovery Points

IDBDR Restaurants

IDBDR Gas Stations

IDBDR Lodging

IDBDR Wildfires