WEDNESDAY WANDERLUST: UTAH BDR
By Paul Strubell of Dirt Orcas – 6/14/17
Today’s edition of Wednesday Wanderlust shows us the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route. An 817 mile back road trail that spans the entire state of Utah from North to South.
If you are unfamiliar with the Backcountry Discovery Route Series, it is a collection of rustic trails that take you though changing landscapes of an entire state. Only incorporating pavement when necessary. Most of the time you will be on dirt roads, US Forest Service access roads, logging roads, and old railroad grades. They are difficult at times, but not impossible. They are just the right amount of challenge and risk, while still having a sense of the next town or gas stop available to you for some peace of mind.
The Backcountry Discovery Route Series is fantastic and I highly recommend adding them to your riding bucket list.
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.