After taking this tour of the Northwest with WEMT, I would definitely return to the area. I am much more confident about touring on my own now.”
Majestic scenery, challenging terrain, bragging rights. The Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route offers it all traversing the state of Colorado from border to border. We will journey North to South, adhering to the original, as-mapped-out COBDR as much as possible. We’ll pass over some of the highest roads available to motorcyclists in the United States, several of which are over 12,000 feet. We will traverse Ophir, Corkscrew, Hurricane, California, Cinnamon, Cumberland, Cottonwood, Weston and Hagerman passes, riding about 650 miles through some of the most rugged and scenic landscape in America on one of the most respected routes an adventure rider can ride. Let us support you all the way with an all-female industry-known tour guide team, on-tour professional motorcycle coaching and mentoring, as well as chase vehicle services. Let’s have a custom-made epic adventure together.
(Section 4 – Gypsum to Buena Vista)
Two routes are offered today. The main BDR route is predominately dirt traveling through the White River National Forest through immense aspen stands, over rolling hills and over Hagerman Pass, Weston Pass, and through the Four Mile OHV area in to Buena Vista. Riders will enjoy being challenged by ruts, rocks, exposure and elevation, sand and two big water crossings. Breathtaking, spectacular scenery is your reward! The alternate, easier, route starts out on dirt over Gypsum Cottonwood Pass and into Aspen. Riders will enjoy the spectacular scenery of Independence Pass before descending into Buena Vista. The hardest thing about this mostly-paved day’s ride is not stopping every minute or so to snap yet another amazing photograph. We end the day at the very special and spiritual Cottonwood Hot Springs where we can soak into the wee hours of the night if we like.
(Buena Vista) (REST DAY)
Soak in Cottonwood’s Magical Hot Springs today or choose a dual-sport Day Ride around Buena Vista.
(Section 3 – Buena Vista to Lake City)
A 2017 paving project will shut down a portion of the BDR route over Cottonwood Pass in to Taylor Park. Do not fear – the official BDR alternate route is a beautiful and fun paved ride over Monarch Pass. Near the top we head over Old Monarch Pass enjoying winding dirt roads, aspen trees and open vistas passing Wuanita Hot Springs on our way to Los Pinos Pass. Los Pinos Pass to Slumgullion Gulch and down into Lake City is one of our favorite rides. Scenic, easy, and fun riding through picturesque countryside on county dirt roads. There is a short section of more challenging double track that will be offered as an option.
(Section 2 – Lake City to Telluride)
Two routes will be offered. Access your strong technical skills for rocks, steep ascents and descents, tight hairpin turns, elevation and exposure in order to ride Cinnamon Pass up to California Gulch, down Corkscrew Pass (which comes by this name honestly) to Ironton and over the formidable yet fabulous Ophir Pass into Telluride. This is the most challenging day of the BDR, yet the views are unsurpassed. Riders must have strong Intermediate to advanced skills as well as a high degree of fitness for this choice. Our alternate route is considerably easier and just as scenic. Riders will enjoy a mixture of pavement and county dirt roads riding the sage brush lined Blue Mesa Cutoff along the dramatic ridgelines and forests of Owl Pass and in to Ridgway. Spectacular, picturesque ranch lands and rolling hills complete the ride down to Telluride.
(Section 1 – Telluride to Four Corners)
Today is a relaxed day riding mostly county dirt roads to Cortez. The severe technical challenges are over, yet these Forest roads still offer fabulous riding along meandering streams, vast Aspen groves, crystal blue lakes, as well as red dirt scrub oak and pine forests! Once in Cortez, it’s all pavement all the way to the Four Corners of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado…the terminus of the BDR.
Everyone Rides Home after Breakfast
Where: Colorado, North to South
Preferred Motorcycle: Any street legal dual-sport bike capable of traveling 55MPH with a fuel range of 100 miles is suitable. Bigger bikes require more skill and fitness. Smaller bikes are easier.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced dual-sport riding skills necessary (BDR essentials class or specific skills waiver required)
Cautions: Medium to High level of fitness required, altitudes of 12,000+ feet in some sections
Maximum People = 10 women (+4 guides)
For a good look at the types of terrain we’ll encounter, take at look at this video library.
– Motorcycle Coaching (all female)
– Professional Tour Guides (all female)
– Hotel Accommodations
– ALL MEALS (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners)
– Support Vehicle
– Luggage Porterage
– CO BDR Map
– FREE BDR essentials class (value = $87.00) at the 2016 ADVWoman Rally (note that you still need to pay for Rally registration and all other classes).
Pricing= $2,999 double occupancy, +$600 single occupancy
We will travel the COBDR in a North to South Direction.
|Female-owned Western Dual Sport Motorcycle Adventures (WDSMA) is our preferred partner for renting dual sport motorcycles. WDSMA is conveniently located in Lafayette Colorado just 30 minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA) They offer Airport pickup and Bike Delivery as well. They rent a variety of motorcycles: Vstrom, Tenere, and DR650. The Suzuki DR650 is a great dual-sport motorcycle for beginners or advanced riders alike (this is the same bike Alisa rode to South America in 2009). This motorcycle can be lowered for smaller-statured riders. WDSMA is offering discounts for the ADVWoman Rally and can deliver to the ADVWoman Rally in Granby.