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California Announced as Upcoming Backcountry Discovery Route

Scouting begins for both North and South routes of the California BDR.

Published on 08.01.2017

Since 2010, the adventure motorcycling non-profit Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) organization has created seven trans-state routes for dual sport and adventure motorcycle travel. Having recently published the Nevada route, the BDR is setting its sights further west with the announcement of two California Backcountry Discovery Routes (CABDR) — South and North — now under development.

The long-awaited California Backcountry Discovery Route South (CABDR-South) will cover the Southeastern side of the state, showcasing the natural beauty of the wild lands, colorful geography of the ranges and unique western history. The route is currently being scouted but will include historical and unique points of interest, such as western film sites, petroglyphs, natural hot springs, historic inns, and spectacular scenery. Some of the rural towns and communities CABDR-South is expected to pass through are Palo Verde, Mecca, Coachella, Pioneertown, Yucca Valley, Baker, Randsburg, Johannesburg, Death Valley, Lone Pine, Bishop, Lee Vining, Bridgeport and more.


CABDR California Backcountry Discovery Route

CABDR California Backcountry Discovery Route

CABDR-South will cross through the arid desert of Southern California, making the route ideal for travel during the colder months of the year when the mountains are covered with snow. The Northern California route (CABDR-North) is expected to travel through the Sierra mountain range, making it more suitable for the warmer months of the year. CABDR-South will be the ninth route developed by the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization and is set for release February of 2019. Few details about the CABDR-North route are available at this time and no release date has been set by the BDR.

CABDR California Backcountry Discovery Route

Like all the BDRs, the CABDR-South and -North projects will include a full-length movie documentary DVD, a waterproof Butler Motorcycle Map, and free GPS tracks and travel resources for the adventure motorcycle community. The BDR will also organize CABDR movie premieres and training seminars at theaters and motorcycle dealers across the U.S. to promote the routes. Keep an eye on out for more updates, teasers and trailers leading up to the full release dates.

CABDR California Backcountry Discovery Route

For up-to-date information on the California Backcountry Discovery Routes North and South visit

Completed Backcountry Discovery Routes

Utah Backcountry Discovery Route
Washington Backcountry Discovery Route
Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route
Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route
Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route
New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route
Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route

Photos by Ely Woody

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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    • Oregon has multiple routes because there are plenty of great forest roads to choose from. California will end up with multiple ones because the shortage of riding lands means there is no way to connect the south stretch with the north without traversing 50 miles of highway.

      • Mines better than yours…….oh brother! Different states, ones not better then another! It’s not a contest……get over the ego!

      • Yes, that….Also consider that it’s such a tall state it can take longer to cross. I like the idea of dividing it by smaller bites to make it easier on breaks from work

  1. Motorcycle adventure is what set me free and put me in zen condition. It brings out the pacifist in me and gives unprecedented freedom and positivity. I currently own a Honda CB500X
    I am interested in motorcycle adventure tips and tricks, riding routes and new developments in the motorcycle adventure industry, new models, trends and accessories for the industry.


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