Utah Backcountry Discovery Route – September 2024

September 12, 2024
Available: 8 spots
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Dates: September 12th to September 20th, 2024
Mexican Hat, Utah
Utah-Idaho Border
Min Age : 18
Max People : 10
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Tour Overview

This trip will be our inaugural trip on the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route (UTBDR). The route was the second BDR following the Washington BDR, which was the first in the series. The UTBDR begins in the town of Mexican Hat, UT then ascends north and into the Valley of the Gods loop. There is just nothing else quite like Utah and this 871-mile route will take riders to some unforgettable places. The route also includes other  iconic places including 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. Lockhart Basin is the highlight of these expert sections and is not for the faint of heart. The route finishes up at the Idaho Border. 

We will meet up on September 11th, 2 days prior to the beginning of the ride, in the town of Price, UT. Will will then head south the next day to Mexican Hat, beginning the ride the following day on the 13th of September. We will make the Idaho border on the 20th then make our way south the same day winding up back in Price where those of us who drove, will have been able to leave their vehicles behind 9 days earlier. 

Note: The UTBDR can be a technically difficult route. Especially if the rider elects to ride Lockhart Basin. As a result, we will reserve the right to decline a rider a spot on the ride if we feel their experience level does not meet the level needed for this ride. Any deposit made prior to a determination to decline will be fully refunded.

Departure Location and Date

Mexican Hat, UT on Friday September 13, 2024

(After meeting up in Price, Utah on September 11th

Arrival Location and Date

Idaho border on Friday September 20, 2024

We will then head back to Price, UT that afternoon

Price Includes

  • Hotel Accommodations from September 12th to the 20th inclusive
  • Tour Guides
  • Welcome Dinner
  • SPOT Tracking
  • Group Picture and Digital Photo Album

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Tour
  • Entrance Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Fuel
  • Motorcycle Rental

What to Bring

  • Riding Gear (full face helmet, above the ankle boots and eye protection (shield or goggles) recommended minimally)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Bluetooth Helmet Comm (optional)

The plan is to meet up in Price, UT on Wednesday September 11th, 2024 (or you have the option of just meeting in Mexican Hat on the 12th) then leave the following day on the ride. It will be possible to leave vehicles at the hotel in Price and leave them there until our return on the 20th. 

Overnight stops will be:

September 13th: Blanding, Utah

September 14th: Monticello, Utah

September 15th: Moab, Utah

September 16th: Green River, Utah

September 17th: Price, Utah (where we met up the first day)

September 18th: Duchesne, Utah (near Currant Creek)

September 19th: Evanston, WY

September 20th: Ride back to Price after reaching the Idaho border


Terms and Conditions


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Emmaus MotoTours requires a 30% USD non-refundable deposit at time of booking.

Motorcycle rental within a guided motorcycle tour

Rider is also subject to the the terms and conditions of any motorcycle rental company when purchasing a tour that includes motorcycle rental.

Cancellation Policy

If a tour is canceled by Emmaus MotoTours ahead of departure because of lack of participation all deposits and balance payments are 100% transferable and refundable.

Cancellations initiated by the participant received in writing to motoridetours@gmail.com with more than 30 days notice before tour start date will receive their 30% USD deposit in full.

Cancellations initiated by the participant received in writing to motoridetours@gmail.com with 30 or less days notice before the tour start date will forfeit their deposit and any balance payments as a cancellation fee.

Emmaus MotoTours reserves the right to cancel a participants tour during the tour if the participant is disruptive or putting themselves or others in harms way. No refund or credit will be issued.

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