COBDR Ophir Pass Rock Slide

Jul 31st, 2018
Ophir Pass just beyond Telluride has become more difficult to travel due to several rock slides. The road has been cleared but the rock is deep and loose on along the road. What use to have some hard pack single track to negotiate is now all rock. The route is still doable for those who have experience in this type of rock, but difficult on larger bikes. Caution should be taken when traveling this section and this is not considered one of the toughest parts of the COBDR.

July Matching Fundraiser - ENDED

Jul 30th, 2018
For nearly a decade, the volunteer organization Backcountry Discovery Routes, has created eight off-road routes for the adventure motorcycling community to enjoy. With your previous support, we have created an amazing new route in Southern CA that will be available in 2019. Now, we need your help to complete the Wyoming BDR. Donate by July 31st, and your donation will be doubled!

MABDR Section 8 update July 30th

Jul 20th, 2018
Many of you have seen photos of road closure or experienced it yourself near Waterville, PA in section 8 of the MABDR. Schoolhouse Road at Little Pine Creek Road was closed until further notice. The gate was closed and locked however many riders have been ignoring this and going around it to stay on route. The road is now open to travel again.

AZBDR July 18th Route Update

Jul 18th, 2018
Section 1 has reroute through Empire Ranch. Section 2 partially paved and Pioneer Pass looking better. Section 3 reroute of FSR 203 onto 202 is getting worn into bikes. Forest is open along Mogollon Rim.

Mogollon Rim open for business again

Jul 16th, 2018
The AZBDR has been re-opened along the Mogollon Rim and National Forests surrounding Flagstaff. They were temporarily closed due to concern of fire.

AZBDR Sec 6: Tinder Fire Re-Route Lifted

Jul 16th, 2018
Arizona Tinder Fire closes portion of AZBDR Sec AZ6 Young to Winona has been lifted. FR 139 to FR 95 just north of FR 300 had been closed due to the Tinder Fire on FR 95. You many now use the original track Sec AZ6 Young to Winona

Owl Fire closes portion of NMBDR

Jul 13th, 2018
The Owl Fire has a portion of Section 4 closed right out of Reserve, NM. The route leaves Reserve on Hwy 12 and then turns south on Hwy 180. Because of the closure go directly to Luna via Hwy 180 which is a right turn at junction of Hwy 12 and Hwy 180.

IDBDR Update for July 12th

Jul 12th, 2018
The July 12th Update for the IDBDR. The Magruder Corridor is OPEN. As of July 8th the Lolo Motorway was still closed. FSR 545 is now open again after tree removal north of Lohman.


Jul 12th, 2018
This is the July 12th update for the COBDR. The Weston Pass Fire has a portion of the Sec 4 closed. Cottonwood Pass closed for season. All the rest of the route is open at this time.

IDBDR Sec 2 portion closed for tree removal until July 10th

Jun 22nd, 2018
BOISE, Idaho, May 23, 2018 – The Lowman Ranger District has temporarily closed National Forest System (NFS) road 545 to all motorized use while roadside hazard tree removal operations take place as a result of the Pioneer Fire. Known as Long Creek Road and located approximately 4 miles north of Lowman, this closure will remain in effect through July 10. You may travel east to Scott Mountain Rd, and go north to Deadwood Res, where you will pick the route back up.

COBDR Section 1 OPEN in National Forest

Jun 21st, 2018
Colorado BDR Sections 1 is now OPEN in the San Juan National Forest. It was closed due to Stage 3 fire restrictions. The San Juan National Forest has announced a re-opening of the forest to all people and travel. The SJNF will remain on Stage 2 fire status, so this means no open fires of any kind.

IDBDR Status Update

Jun 18th, 2018
The IDBDR is not completely open as of yet. The National Forest Service has informed us there are still snow and blow down from the winter that needs to be cleared before the entire route will be open. Elk Summit from Big Creek to Warren will be closed for another two weeks. Lolo Motorway and Magruder Corridor will should be opened by July 15th. These dates are subject to change based on weather and work to be done on roads. Check with the National Forest service websites to get current updates.

BDR is Looking for Administrative Support

Jun 7th, 2018
BDR is looking for administrative help in our Seattle office. If interested, please apply by sending you resume and a short cover letter to by June 20th.

COBDR: Hagerman Pass is Open

Jun 4th, 2018
BDR friend Gilles Champagne reports that the Hagerman Pass on the COBDR is open.

Santa Fe National Forest CLOSED - Parts of Sec 7 NMBDR CLOSED

Jun 1st, 2018
Santa Fe National Forest To Implement Forest-wide Closure Order June 1 due to fire concern. This will close part Sec 7 of the NMBDR. From Cuba to just north of Tres Ritos is now closed. You may head north on Hwy 550 then east on 96 towards Abiquiu. You will pick up the route here in Abiquiu. The expert only alternative section from Abiquiu to Tres Ritos is still closed.

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