Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route

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NVBDR

BDR announces its seventh route, the NVBDR, produced in partnership with the American Honda Motor Co. IncTravelNevada and RideNow Vegas.

The NVBDR release includes free GPS tracks and route travel information on the BDR website, a waterproof map from Butler Motorcycle Maps, and expedition documentary DVD produced by ColorBlind, and BDR Documentary Films.

The NVBDR is a scenic ride across Nevada, beginning in Oatman, AZ, and finishing in Jarbidge, NV.  Created for dual-sport and adventure motorcyclists, this 900-mile south-to-north route primarily uses dirt roads to lead riders through Nevada’s expansive deserts, open sagebrush valleys, and seemingly endless mountain ranges.  

In rural Nevada, you’ll experience historic saloons and relics from it’s rich mining history. The state’s maverick spirit remains, and you’ll see ghost towns, artifacts, desert sculptures, murals, the world’s largest car forest, jackrabbits, antelope and even wild mustangs.

Most importantly, the film reveals miles of meandering two-track roads that are just perfect for spending time on an adventure motorcycle.


Route Updates

June 19, 2017 - Update on Current Road Conditions

Feb 26, 2017 - Temporary (March 2, 3 and 4) Re-Route of NVBDR Sec 1 for Mint 400


 

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NVBDR Discovery Points

While riding the NVBDR, we recommend visiting some (or all) of these places. They were selected for their natural beauty, photo opportunities, historical significance, or pure pleasure of discovery! Send us your photos from these discovery points to share with the BDR community. 

(Listing South to North) 

Oatman - Food and Lodging: 35.02639 -114.383572, on the route.
Laughlin - Food, Gas, Lodging: 35.168386 -114.572489, on the route.
Davis Dam: 35.196072 -114.569875, side trip.
Lake Mohave: 35.428451 -114.648694, side trip.
Searchlight - Food, Gas, Lodging: 35.465248 -114.920012, on the route.
Nipton - Lodging: 35.4672 -115.272271, on the route.
The Solar Array Solar Power Farm: 35.551524 -115.458878, side trip.
Primm - Food, Gas, Lodging: 35.612393 -115.38804, on the route.
Roller Coaster at Buffalo Bills Casino: 35.613459 -115.383329, on the route.
Chicken Ranch Brothel: 36.073423 -115.956647, side trip.
Pahrump - Food, Gas, Lodging: 36.208838 -115.984632, on the route.
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Museum: 36.420066 -116.329659, on the route.
Titus Canyon in Death Valley National Park: 36.83462 -117.099976, side trip.
Beatty - Food, Gas, Lodging: 36.908439 -116.759373, on the route.
Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park: 37.031917 -117.341435, side trip.
Hard Luck Mine Castle: 37.264523 -117.260085, on the route.
The Mizpah Hotel: 38.068316 -117.230763, on the route.
Tonopah Museum: 38.068816 -117.230026, on the route.
Tonopah - Food, Gas, Lodging: 38.070104 -117.231875, on the route.
Old Tonopah Cemetery: 38.072381 -117.238387, side trip.
Manhattan Ghost Town: 38.538872 -117.074762, side trip.
Belmont Ghost Town: 38.595688 -116.874926, on the route.
Spencer Hot Springs: 39.326947 -116.855852, side trip.
Austin - Food, Gas, Lodging: 39.491645 -117.06785, on the route.
Stokes Castle: 39.493559 -117.079656, side trip.
Pony Express Trail: 39.518223 -117.034279, on the route.
Ruby Mountains and Ruby Mountain Lakes: 40.548308 -115.661019, side trip.
Lamoille - Food & Lodging: 40.727996 -115.478364, side trip.
Elko - Food, Gas, Lodging: 40.832631 -115.76323, on the route.
Wild Horse Reservoir: 41.67086 -115.799185, side trip.
Jarbridge - Food and Gas: 41.875228 -115.43066, on the route.

 

Businesses Servicing the Route (Lodging, Food and Fuel)

Oatman, AZ

The Saddle Sore Ranch: 4597 S Jasper Road, Golden Valley, AZ  86413.  Tel. 702-728-7719. 5 acre property with motorcycle camping area, outdoor bar, several firepits, bbq grills, horseshoe pits.

Oatman Hotel: 181 Main St, Oatman, AZ 86433. Tel: (928) 768-4408.  No lodging, food only. Historic Old West venue turned ice cream shop & American eatery with dollar bills on the walls.

Olive Oatman Restaurant & Saloon; 171 Main St, Oatman, AZ 86433.  Tel.: (928) 768-1891

Laughlin, NV 
Numerous casinos.

Campground at Lake Mead National Recreation Area (A Hidden Gem). About 3 miles NW of town on Hwy 163 turn on Nevada Telephone Cove Road. Follow road about 4 miles until it ends at Telephone Cove Nevada side Lake Mohave.

Searchlight, NV 
El Ray Motel: 430 US-95, Searchlight, NV 89046.  Tel. (702) 297-1144

B V Motel: 115 Gaviland St, Searchlight, NV 89046.  Tel. (702) 297-6306

Blue Sky Motel (11 miles south of Searchlight): 2 Spirit Mountain Ln, Cal-Nev-Ari, NV 89039. Tel. (702) 297-1118

Primm, NV 
Primm Valley Casino Resorts: 31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Jean, NV 89019. Tel. (702) 386-7867

Whiskey Pete’s Hotel & Casino: 31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Jean, NV 89019 Tel. (702) 386-7867

Buffalo Bill's: 31700 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Primm, NV 89019.  Tel. (702) 386-7867

Jean, NV 
Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling: 1 Main Street,  Jean, NV 89019.  Tel. (702) 477-5000

Goodsprings, NV 
Pioneer Saloon: 310 NV-161, Goodsprings NV 89019.  Tel. (702) 874-9362.  Food only.

Sandy Valley, NV 
Idle Spurs of Sandy Valley: 1650 Quartz Ave, Sandy Valley, NV 89019. Tel. (702) 723-1702.  Food only.

Trails End General Store: 600 Quartz Avenue, Sandy Valley, NV 89019. Tel. (702)723-5111.  Food only.

Jimmy Lewis Off-Road School

Pahrump, NV 

Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino: 681 S Highway 160, Pahrump, NV 89048.  Tel. 775-751-6500.

Saddle West Hotel Casino: 1220 NV-160, Pahrump, NV 89048.  Tel. (775) 727-1111.

K-7 Bed & Breakfast: 6050 Thousandaire Blvd, Pahrump, NV 89061. Tel: (775) 513-6227

Beatty, NV 
Atomic Inn: 350 S 1st St, Beatty, NV 89003.  Tel. (775) 553-2250.

Death Valley Inn: 651 US-95, Beatty, NV 89003.  Tel. (775) 553-9400.

Stagecoach Hotel: 900 US-95, Beatty, NV 89003. Tel. (775) 553-2419.

Motel 6: 550 E Hwy 95 N, Beatty, NV 89003.  Tel. (775) 553-9090.

Gold Point, NV

Gold Point Ghost Town, Bed & Breakfast: NV-774, Gold Point, NV 89013.  Tel. 775-482-4653

Goldfield, NV (Food & Emergency Gas-look for sign on US95)
Dinky Diner (Food): 323 Crook Ave, Goldfield, NV 89013.

The Hoist House Tavern (Food): 300 N Columbia Ave, Goldfield, NV 89013.

Tonopah, NV 
Tonopah Station: 1137 Erie St, Tonopah, NV 89049.  Tel. (775) 482-9777

Mizpah Hotel (Haunted Hotel): 100 N Main St, Tonopah, NV 89049.  Tel. (775) 482-3030.

National 9 Inn, 720 N Main, Tonopah, NV 89049.  Tel. (775) 482-8202.

Belmont, NV 
Campground - Beautifully maintained dry campground about .5 mile south of town on Hwy 82.

Austin, NV 
Lincoln Motel: 60 Main St, Austin, NV 89310.  Tel. (775) 964-2698.

Cozy Mountain Motel: 40 Main St, Austin, NV 89310. Tel.  (775) 964-2471

Pony Canyon Motel: 30 Main St, Austin, NV 89310.  Tel. (775) 964-2605.

Union Street Lodging (Bed&Breakfast): 69 Union St, Austin, NV 89310.  Tel. (775) 964-2364

Elko, NV
Numerous motels, food, lodging, gas, camping.

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


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Outdoor Inn (Jarbidge, NV)

Food/Camping/Hotel/Showers/Laundry.

Main St, Jarbidge, NV 89826

Tel. (775) 488-2311

Jarbridge - Food & Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Wild Horse Reservoir (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Elko - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Lamoille - Food & Lodging (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Ruby Mountains and Ruby Mountain Lakes (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Pony Express Trail (NVBDR)

On the route.

Stokes Castle (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Austin - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Spencer Hot Springs (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Belmont Ghost Town (NVBDR)

On the route.

Manhattan Ghost Town (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Old Tonopah Cemetery (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Tonopah - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Tonopah Museum (NVBDR)

On the route.

The Mizpah Hotel (NVBDR)

On the route.

Hard Luck Mine Castle (NVBDR)

On the route.

Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Beatty - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Titus Canyon in Death Valley National Park (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Museum (NVBDR)

On the route.

Pahrump - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Chicken Ranch Brothel (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Roller Coaster at Buffalo Bills Casino (NVBDR)

On the route.

Primm - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

The Solar Array Solar Power Farm (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Nipton - Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Searchlight - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Lake Mohave (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Davis Dam (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Laughlin - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

Oatman - Food and Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Outdoor Inn (Jarbidge, NV)

Food/Camping/Hotel/Showers/Laundry.

Main St, Jarbidge, NV 89826

Tel. (775) 488-2311

Jarbridge - Food & Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Wild Horse Reservoir (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Elko - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Lamoille - Food & Lodging (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Ruby Mountains and Ruby Mountain Lakes (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Pony Express Trail (NVBDR)

On the route.

Stokes Castle (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Austin - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Spencer Hot Springs (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Belmont Ghost Town (NVBDR)

On the route.

Manhattan Ghost Town (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Old Tonopah Cemetery (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Tonopah - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Tonopah Museum (NVBDR)

On the route.

The Mizpah Hotel (NVBDR)

On the route.

Hard Luck Mine Castle (NVBDR)

On the route.

Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Beatty - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Titus Canyon in Death Valley National Park (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Museum (NVBDR)

On the route.

Pahrump - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Chicken Ranch Brothel (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Roller Coaster at Buffalo Bills Casino (NVBDR)

On the route.

Primm - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

The Solar Array Solar Power Farm (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Nipton - Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Searchlight - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

Lake Mohave (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Davis Dam (NVBDR)

Side trip.

Laughlin - Food, Gas, Lodging (NVBDR)

Oatman - Food and Lodging (NVBDR)

On the route.

NV1 Oatman to Pahrump

The official start of the NVBDR is in Oatman, Arizona, a popular stop along Route 66.  Expect an interesting mix of tourists, eclectic locals and donkeys. Yes donkeys! Oatman is known for the burros that wander the dirt main street. After a mellow ride into the desert over Christmas Tree Pass you’ll turn off onto a narrow two-track south of Searchlight. This section can be very sandy so stand on the pegs, throttle up and focus. This is also a Desert Tortoise sanctuary, so be alert and avoid them. Beyond Searchlight, you’ll wander through desert in the shadows of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System before fueling up in Primm. The ride from Primm to Pahrump is mostly on high-speed gravel roads where time can be made up if you spent too much of it taking pictures of Asses in Oatman or picking your bike up in the sand. Take the time to stop at the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, the oldest bar in Nevada. Highlights: Oatman, Lake Mohave, Christmas Tree Pass,Good Springs Saloon. Camping: Lake Mohave, Primitive desert camping along route. Fuel: Laughlin, Searchlight, Primm, Pahrum. Food: Oatman, Laughlin, Searchlight, Primm, Good Springs, Pahrump. Hotel/Motel: Laughlin, Searchlight, Primm, Pahrump.

NV2 Pahrump to Gold Point

Section Two runs between the Nevada Test Range and California, through classic Nevada desert sprinkled with quirky Nevada culture. You’ll be cruising on mostly smooth gravel roads with the occasional sandy two-track and a few mellow rocky sections. If you’ve ever dreamed of riding giant sand dunes you can pretend you are Johnny Campbell at Big Dune, north of Pahrump. You’ll also cross a dry lake bed that looks like the moon, pass a pond full of endangered Pup Fish and stop at a crystal clear bubbling oasis. Wandering around the historic mining towns of Rhyolite and Gold Point are a must as well. Highlights: Ash Meadows, Fairbanks SprinG, Big Dune, Beatty, Rhyolite, Goldwell Museum, Hardluck Castle. Camping: Vanderbilt Pond, Gold Point, Primitive camping along the route. Fuel: Beatty, Gold Point. Food: Beatty, Gold Point. Hotel/Motel: Beatty, Gold Point.

NV3 Gold Point to Tonopah

There are very few places in America that have the character of the old mining town of Gold Point. Belly up for a sarsaparilla and wander around the relics that scatter the old town. There is primitive camping available in the desert and a few small cabins available for rent in Gold Point. Section three has lots of big-open desert riding with the exception of an exhausting but fun section of sand whoops north of Gold Point. You’ll earn your rest at fantastic stops along the way, including the bizarre car art near Goldfield. It’s truly a must see. Highlights: Lida Canyon, International Car Forest of the Last Church, Goldfield Ghost Town, Santa Fe Saloon. Camping: Tule Canyon Cabin, Primitive camping along the route. Fuel: Goldfield, Tonopah. Food: Goldfield, Tonopah. Hotel: Santa Fe Motel.

NV4 Tonopah to Austin

From Tonopah to the north, the scenery begins to evolve from dry desert to mountains with trees and shrubs. You are also clear of the Nevada Test Site which means the route is able to move away from the western border of the state. This section is not particularly challenging, it’s mostly wide graded roads but it does offer incredible vistas as you climb up and over several mountain ranges. Kingston Canyon Road just before Austin is particularly spectacular as it climbs over aggressive alpine terrain that feels more like Colorado than something you’d expect in Nevada. Highlights: Mezpah Hotel, Tonopah Brewing Company, Tonopah Test Range Monument, Belmont Ghost Town, Mt. Gooding Pass, Newmont Mine, Kingston Canyon. Camping: Mud Spring, Belmont Camp Ground, Groves Lake, Primitive camping along the route. Fuel: Austin. Food: Belmont and Kingston (occasionally). Hotel/Motel: Austin.

NV5 Austin to Elko

FUEL WARNING! Settle in for a long day in the saddle. Section 5 crosses big chunks of Nevada with very few services. It is over 200 miles between fuel in Austin and your next opportunity to gas up, so be prepared. You’ll be able to make good time in the first part of this section as you dissect wide open gravel roads across enormous valleys. Expect to slow it down a bit the closer you get to Elko. You’ll ride bits of the original Pony Express Trail and get a good mix of tighter 4x4 roads through unique geography that is much different than you’ve seen so far across Nevada. Elko is a bustling town with plenty of options for lodging, food and fuel. Highlights: Pony Express Trail, Tonken Reservoir, Telegraph Peak (advanced route), Huntington Creek Trail, Squaw Mountain, Southfork Reservoir, Emigrant Pass, Hamilton Stage Road Camping: Tonken Reservoir, Southfork Reservoir, Primitive camping along the route. Fuel: Elko ( must have 220 mile capacity. Food: Elko. Hotel/Motel: Elko.

NV6 Elko to Jarbidge

Navigation is a bit tricky in the early part of this section, so pay attention and don't be surprised if you find yourself on seemingly unused roads; we put you there on purpose. The riding is a bit different, with much tighter two-track, water crossings and potential for extremely slick mud. You’ll be passing through many cattle gates, so make sure to close any that you open and respect the ranchers who are moving livestock in this area. As you get closer to Jarbidge, the scenery changes from rolling desert hills to a jagged alpine backdrop. Weather can change quickly here and the road can become impassable in early fall if there is snow, so check the conditions before you leave Elko. Jarbidge is the official start of the IDBDR and does have fuel as well as a small restaurant and a few rooms for rent. Make sure to book ahead if you get here during the busy season. Highlights: Water crossing at North Fork of the Humbolt River, Advanced Route-Browns Cabin, Wild Horse Pass, Bear Creek Summit, Jarbidge River. Camping: Pine Creek Campground, Jarbidge National Forest Camp Ground, Sawmill Campground, Primitive camping along the route. Fuel: Jarbidge self-service pump (credit card only). Food: Outdoor Inn. Hotel/Motel: Outdoor Inn & Saloon.

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NVBDR 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.)

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