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Nevada Announced as Next Backcountry Discovery Route

The NVBDR is coming and it's scheduled for release in January of 2017.

Published on 04.07.2016

Since 2010, the adventure motorcycling non-profit Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has created six trans-state routes for dual sport and adventure motorcycle travel. Having recently published the New Mexico route, the BDR organization is now setting its sights on Nevada, announcing the NVBDR scheduled for release in 2017.

The Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route (NVBDR) will be the seventh route developed by the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization. The NVBDR will be a south-to-north route across the state of Nevada covering approximately 1,300 miles of mostly non-paved roads on the scenic and remote backcountry roads of Nevada.

The route is still being developed but it is expected to pass through rural towns and communities that are famous in off-road communities, including Searchlight, Primm, Goodsprings, Pahrump, Amargosa, Beatty, Lida, Goldfield, Tonopah, Belmont, Austin, Eureka, Elko, Carlin, Jarbidge, Goldfield, and more.


Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route

Like all the BDRs, the NVBDR project release 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 NVBDR movie premieres and training seminars at theaters and motorcycle dealers across the U.S.

To kick off the NVBDR, BDR is hosting an ADV Expo in conjunction with the NMBDR movie premiere on April 12, 2016 at the Cannery Casino & The Galaxy Theatre in Las Vegas. The Expo is free to the public and will feature local Nevada businesses and organizations that serve and support the adventure motorcycling community. The BDR team will be in attendance to present plans for the NVBDR project to the local community groups and riders.

“We are working with a dedicated group of local riders and companies to create a Nevada BDR that will showcase the incredible riding opportunities available in the remote areas of the state,” said Inna Thorn, BDR Director of Operations. “With increasing closures of public land for OHV recreation, BDR’s protection of riding areas and infusion of motorcycle tourism dollars into small communities, has become critically important. Through the BDR, riders each year help advocate for keeping recreational access to public land in remote areas, and they also bring much needed tourism dollars to small towns to revitalize local economies.”

nvbdr nevada backcountry discovery routeCourtesy Curtis Cummings

For up-to-date information on the Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route, keep an eye on the NVBDR page on

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

Author: Annette Peterson

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April 7, 2016 11:37 am

Looking forward to it!

mark p.
mark p.
April 7, 2016 5:08 pm
Reply to  Eric

Same! The BDR videos kept me focused several years ago while I was on my back recovering from a work injury. I enjoy all of them.

April 15, 2016 7:59 pm

Having spent close to ten years riding all over Nevada, I’d love to be in on this… but since I don’t live down there anymore, that isn’t gonna happen I guess. 🙂

May 18, 2016 4:41 am

I’m excited about all the BDRs. I have done my own variation, with more asphalt roads than dirt roads, in most of these states already, but I would do more dirt for sure.


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