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BDR Announces Plans for the Wyoming Backcountry Discovery Route

Anytime Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) announces another project, I can’t wait to get on my F 800 GS and go there. So far, I’ve ridden four of the BDR’s 10 routes and hope to add more, including Wyoming, which the BDR team has declared their next project for 2022.

Highlights of the WYBDR are three different 11,000-foot mountain summits over five mountain ranges. The plan also involves crossing two “rims” and descending into (and hopefully out of) several gorges. As with all BDRs, the eleventh route will connect to some of the lower 48’s most scenic, remote locations via primitive roads.

wyoming backcountry discovery route primitive road

dirt road along wyoming BDR


Partnering with the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation (WyoRec) and the tourism stakeholders of eight counties, the proposed route will help build awareness for Wyoming’s history and culture.

“We are thrilled that Wyoming will soon have its own Backcountry Discovery Route! Our beautiful state is full of unique and spectacular scenery to explore, not to mention thousands of years of history and culture. Along the way and just off the route, there are friendly communities with ample amenities and necessities for the journey. As a rider myself, I know that adventurers are going to love what we have to offer.” – Chris Floyd, Manager, Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation

road along wyoming BDR

wyoming BDR highlights

highlights along wyoming backcountry discovery route

Keep your eyes open for the Noren Films documentary after the first expedition completes the WYBDR. Screenings are scheduled at motorcycle dealerships and events across the US for 2022.

Planning resources will be available through Butler Maps, as will GPS tracks through BDR. The adventure riding community can expect other comprehensive travel tips and details, too, all free of charge (excluding the maps).

scouting along the WYBDR

along the WYBDR 2


The following is unedited and from the BDR Press Release:

Backcountry Discovery Routes® (BDR®) is a 501c (3) non-profit organization that creates off-highway routes for adventure and dual-sport motorcycle travel. The organization’s work includes promoting rider education and safety campaigns, driving economic relief to rural communities, and encouraging responsible motorcycle travel in the backcountry. Through the careful investment of funds and working with land managers and other public benefit organizations, BDR seeks to keep remote roads and public trails open for motorcycling for generations to come.


BDR delivers turn-key trip planning resources to the community including GPS tracks, digital maps, travel information, route condition updates, YouTube videos, Q&As, and other information—all available 24/7 on RideBDR.com. The organization relies on the generosity of donors and a team of volunteers and ambassadors who contribute thousands of hours each year to help carry out this mission.

Since 2010, BDR has created routes in Washington, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, the Mid-Atlantic region, Southern California, and the North-East region.


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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram @writer_heather_lea or on Facebook @heatherleawriter.