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ADV RidesRiding SeasonAutumn/Fall RideIdaho Backcountry Discovery Route Is Now Complete

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route Is Now Complete

A 1,250-mile self-guided tour through the stunning landscapes of Idaho.

Published on 01.22.2015

The Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route (IDBDR) is the latest addition to a growing list of State Backcountry Discovery Routes. The IDBDR is now the fifth route developed by the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel. The route runs south-to-north across the state of Idaho and covers more than 1,250 miles of mostly off-road tracks.

The route begins in the old western town of Jarbidge Nevada and travels through the western side of the Idaho Rocky Mountains on the way to the Canadian Border at the Idaho Panhandle. Some of the highlights include two historic back roads — the Magruder Corridor and the Lolo Motorway. The route travels through several rustic mountain towns, including Yellow Pine, Burgdorf Hot Springs, Elk City, Avery, Wallace, and Clark Fork.

Free GPS tracks, interactive map and route planner are available on the BDR website.

The off-road terrain is said to be less technical than the other BDR routes but the daily mileage is higher. That makes it all the more enjoyable for those interested in soaking in the sights in Idaho’s scenic back country. Backcountry Discovery Routes makes it easy to explore Idaho’s treasures by directing you to historic ghost towns, remote desert vistas, pine-covered mountains, and beautiful canyons.


Free GPS tracks and travel planner are now available on the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route website and a waterproof IDBDR Butler Map and Expedition DVD are currently available for pre-sale purchase through Touratech.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route Trailer

IDBDR Photo Gallery

Old abandoned truck on the IDBDR Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Bridge crossing on the IDBDR Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

KTM 990 Adventure on the IDBDR Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Logs jump on the IDBDR Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Wilderness camping on the IDBDR Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Canyon IDBDR Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Motorcycles only bridge on the IDBDR Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Suspension bridge on the IDBDR Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Lakeside camping in Idaho

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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December 29, 2021 2:07 pm

We are followers of Itchy Boots. She is in South America right now and is on her way to Alaska. It would be great for you to reach out to her. We have followed her around the world and she is closing in on 100,000 of motorcycle riding


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