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    Utah Back Country Routes




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    Utah Backcountry Discovery Route

    There is just nothing else quite like Utah and this 871-mile route will take riders to some unforgettable places. Beginning in Mexican Hat, UT and ending in Garden City, UT the route includes iconic places including Valley of the Gods, Moab, the Abajo and La Sal mountains, Onion Creek, 9 Mile Canyon and the Wasatch Mountains. Utah is unpredictable with mud that is impassable when wet and storms that can wash out roads at anytime. Deep sand challenges riders in places, and a few expert-only options provide excitement for those that seek adrenaline.
    Best time of year: May/June and September/October. Extremely hot conditions and the monsoon season occur in July and August making it a difficult time of year to ride the UTBDR.

    Additional Route Resources
    In addition to the Interactive UTBDR Map on the right, SheADV.com hosts an interactive BDR Map that shows current weather conditions, estimated snow levels, and forest fires for all BDR's.
    For ride reports, route updates, and to join or organize BDR rides, please visit the UTBDR thread on www.ADVrider.com and the Americas thread on www.advrider.com.
    Traffic Cams on the UTBDR help you see snow levels along the route.

    Route Updates
    July 12, 2018 - UTBDR Fire Update
    May 15, 2018 - La Sal Loop Road Open for Season



    UTBDR Discovery Points
    While riding the UTBDR, we recommend visiting some (or all) of these not-to-be-missed places, selected for their natural beauty, high photo opp value, historical significance, or pure pleasure of discovery! (These waypoints are included in the UTBDR GPS tracks available for a free download on this page). Send us your photos from these discovery points to share with the BDR community.
    (Listing South to North)
    Arizona Border 36.998436 -110.175493 on the route.
    Monument Valley 36.982606 -110.112171 side trip.
    San Juan River Bridge 37.150917 -109.867611 on the route.
    Mexican Hat - Food, Gas, Lodging 37.14882 -109.85987 on the route.
    Swinging Steak Restaurant 37.148986 -109.859196 on the route.
    Mexican Hat Rock 37.17364 -109.848722 on the route.
    Goosenecks State Park Viewpoint 37.174467 -109.927294 side trip.
    Valley of the Gods Scenic Route 37.316369 -109.927294 on the route.
    Moki Dugway Switchbacks 37.276747 -109.935851 on the route.
    Muley Point Viewpoint 37.233163 -109.993362 side trip.
    The Twist 37.379595 -109.741889 on the route.
    Sand Island Petroglyph Panel 37.261968 -109.618692 side trip.
    Wolfman Petroglyph Panel 37.274391 -109.646355 hike.
    Butler Wash Ruins 37.524215 -109.632624 hike.
    Blanding - Food, Gas, Lodging 37.62541 -109.47802 on the route.
    Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum 37.631393 -109.489667 side trip.
    Bears Ears Pass 37.629611 -109.86763 side trip.
    Natural Bridges National Monument 37.609087 -109.977009 side trip.
    The Notch in Elk Ridge 37.821408 -109.504224 on the route.
    Gooseberry Guard Station Meadow 37.822855 -109.771249 on the route.
    Abajo Mountains Views 37.821408 -109.504224 on the route.
    Monticello - Food, Gas, Lodging 37.87264 -109.34293 side trip.
    Newspaper Rock Petroglyph Panel 37.988398 -109.518223 on the route.
    Needles Outpost (on UTBDR Lockhart Route) 38.174084 -109.741872 on the route.
    Hurrah Pass (on UTBDR Lockhart Route) 38.482109 -109.625221 on the route.
    La Sal Store (on UTBDR La Sal Route) 38.312542 -109.250054 on the route.
    La Sal Pass (on UTBDR La Sal Route) 38.419004 -109.251677 on the route.
    Moab - Food, Gas, Lodging 38.572706 -109.550272 on the route.
    Arches National Park 38.61637 -109.62031 side trip.
    Castle Valley Overlook 38.543339 -109.31046 on the route.
    Hideout Canyon Viewpoint 38.688683 -109.170693 on the route.
    The Narrows of Onion Creek 38.698396 -109.276538 on the route.
    Fisher Towers Viewpoint and Campground 38.724919 -109.308901 side trip.
    Dewey Historic Bridge 38.81085 -109.303214 on the route.
    Yellow Cat Mine Buildings 38.838236 -109.365709 on the route.
    Sego Canyon Ghost Town 39.033661 -109.702895 on the route.
    Sego Canyon Rock Art Site 39.018857 -109.710064 on the route.
    Thompson - Gas 38.96407 -109.72297 side trip.
    Green River - Food, Gas, Lodging 38.995057 -110.165024 on the route.
    Smith Cabin 39.031158 -110.399443 on the route.
    Cleveland-LLoyd Dinosaur Quarry 39.32259 -110.68753 side trip.
    Nine Mile Canyon Petroglyphs at Pig Head Rock 39.800432 -110.34235 on the route.
    Reservation Ridge Views at Indian Head 39.877 -110.902306 on the route.
    Soldier Summit Gas 39.928678 -111.079331 side trip.
    Fruitland - Gas and Food 40.2124 -110.83976 on the route.
    Current Creek Reservoir 40.349754 -111.061465 on the route.
    Bald Mountain Pass 40.686252 -110.906414 on the route.
    Evanston WY - Gas, Food, Lodging 41.26337 -110.95813 on the route.
    Monte Cristo Range 41.66693 -111.431867 on the route.
    Temple Peak Summit 41.825801 -111.534017 side trip.
    Bear Lake Overlook 41.921254 -111.457255 on the route.
    Bear Lake Shoreline Access 41.943788 -111.386818 on the route.
    Garden City - Gas, Food, Lodging 41.94789 -111.39335 on the route.
    Idaho Border 42.000629 -111.408727 on the route.





    Businesses Servicing the Route (Lodging, Restaurants, Gas Stations)
    For your convenience, these businesses are also marked on the UTBDR GPS tracks available for a free download on this page.
    San Juan Inn (Mexiccan Hat, UT): US 163 & San Juan River, Mexican Hat, UT 84531. Tel. (800) 447-2022.
    Mexican Hat Lodge, (Mexican Hat, UT): 100 Main Hwy 163, Mexican Hat, Utah 84531. Tel. (435) 683-2222.
    Valley of the Gods Bed & Breakfast (Mexican Hat, UT), Valley of the Gods Road, Mexican Hat, UT 84531.
    Swinging Steak Restaurant (Mexican Hat, UT), 100 Main Hwy 163, Mexican Hat, UT 84531. Tel. (435) 683-2222.
    Gateway Inn (Blanding, UT): 88 E Center St, Blanding, UT 84511. Tel. 435-678-2278.
    Cliff Palace (Blanding, UT): 132 S. Main St. Blanding UT 84511. Tel. (435) 678-2700.
    Homestead Steak House (Blanding, UT): 121 E Center St, Blanding, UT 84511. Tel. (435) 678-3456.
    Wayside Motor Inn (Monticello, UT): 197 E Center St, Monticello, UT 84535. Tel. (435) 587-2261.
    Monticello Inn (Monticello, UT): 164 East Central Street, Monticello, UT 84535. Tel. (435) 587-2274.
    PJ’s Restaurant (Monticello, UT):216 E Center St, Monticello, UT 84535 Tel. (435) 587-2335.
    Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn (Moab, UT): 105 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Tel. (435) 259-6151.
    Moab Red Stone Inn (Moab, UT): 535 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Tel. (435) 259-3500.
    Moab Brewery (Moab, UT): 686 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Tel. (435) 259-6333.
    Pasta Jay’s. (Moab, UT): 4 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Tel. (435) 259-2900.
    Comfort Inn (Green River, UT): 1975 E Main St, Green River, UT 84525. Tel. (435) 564-3300
    National 9 – Wellington Inn (Wellington, UT): 50 S 700 E, Wellington, UT 84542. Tel. (435) 637-7980.
    Los Jilbertos Mexican Restaurant (Wellington, UT): 15 W Main St, Wellington, UT 84542. Tel. (435) 637-1997.
    Currant Creek Campground (Heber City, UT): FR 145, Heber City, UT 84032. Tel. (877) 444-6777.
    Daniels Summit Lodge (Heber City, UT): 17000 US-40, Heber City, UT 84032. Tel. (800) 519-9969.
    Best Western Dunmar Inn (Evanston, WY): 1601 Harrison Dr, Evanston, WY 82930. Tel. (307) 789-3770.
    Holiday Inn Express Evanston (Evanston, WY): 1965 Harrison Dr, Evanston, WY 82930. Tel. (307) 789-7999.
    Big G on 40 Gas Station Cafe (Evanston, WY): 45000 W Highway 40, Fruitland, UT 84027. Tel. (435) 548-2636
    R&R Restaurant (Evanston, WY): 123 10th St, Evanston, WY 82930. Tel. (307) 444-7778.
    Bon Rico (Evanston, WY): 925 Front St, Evanston, WY 82930. Tel. (307) 789-1753.
    Ideal Beach Resort at Bear Lake (Garden City, UT): 2176 S. Bear Lake Blvd. Garden City, UT 84028. Tel. (435) 946-3364.
    The Lodge Motel (Garden City, UT): 10 S Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028. Tel. (844) 946-5253.
    Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort (Garden CIty, UT): 427 N. Paradise Parkway, Garden City, Utah 84028. Tel. (385) 626-7395.
    Tamarisk Restaurant (Green River, UT): 1710 E Main St, Green River, UT 84525. Tel. (435) 564-8109.
    Merlin’s Restaurant (Garden City, UT): 149 N Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028. Tel. (435) 946-8499.
    Firehouse Pizzeria (Gaarden City, UT): 50 S. Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028, Tel. (435) 946-2600.

    Backcountry Discovery Routes Currently in Development:
    California Backcountry Discovery Route South
    California Backcountry Discovery Route North
    North East Backcountry Discovery Route
    South East Backcountry Discovery Route
    Wyoming Backcountry Discovery Route
    Montana Backcountry Discovery Route




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    Would anybody be interested in doing this ride with me in May, we could meet up with the guys in Moab on our ride. I did the Arizona back country route two years ago !

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    I would like to go with you. I've been trying to talk my brother or son into doing this but I don't think that they're very keen on it.
    Did you post a ride report about the az bdr?
    If so I missed it and I need to find and read it.
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    That looks awesome. You guys will have a great time. I'm actually using the NV backroads map to plot my course across the top of NV from CA to where I live. These maps are great. I have like 6 mountain ranges to cross and a lot of old mine ghost towns to see along the way.
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    Cool sites and links.
    When I clicked on "routes" in your first posting MABDR (Mid-Atlantic) came up. Obviously very far away from you but close for me.
    Maybe because the link knew my location? Who knows?
    Thank-you for posting. Really, really great resources.
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    Put me on the list. I live in Ogden. Up Elk hunting now but i will ride as much as my schedule permits
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    I am considering Utah or Nevada BDR ride any input from you guys that would like to do that. The Arizona ride was really a lot of fun around 800 miles in 12 days camping, shooting 22 etc. these rides I am not in a hurry I did do the Arizona BDR two years ago and I have not posted that ride or information yet. I’m not very good at typing or doing that. But I will post the Arizona BDR. This is Jim Bo and I on our way to Flagstaff with her TW‘s with trailers

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnydog View Post
    I am considering Utah or Nevada BDR ride any input from you guys that would like to do that. The Arizona ride was really a lot of fun around 800 miles in 12 days camping, shooting 22 etc. these rides I am not in a hurry I did do the Arizona BDR two years ago and I have not posted that ride or information yet. I’m not very good at typing or doing that. But I will post the Arizona BDR. This is Jim Bo and I on our way to Flagstaff with her TW‘s with trailers

    Ronnydog
    Pulling trailers like you two have would be great on a BDR. There are a couple alternate or in & out side side routes on the IDBDR you wouldn't want the trailer attached. Since most BDR's are developed to include the large aircraft carrier adventure bikes, you'd be fine on the regular IDBDR route for sure. Even the guy's who "loaded up" there TW's back east in the Allegheny Mountains and goldhtr's birthday ride would easily to the main IDBDR. For several years I've dreamed of doing a multi-day ride. One day maybe!
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    It’s time Admiral to fulfill that dream and come and camp in Camino with the Overland group,!

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