The Montana Backways Adventure Trail (MTBAT) is a 1,500-mile loop route around the western Rocky Mountains of the state. The route covers a lot of backcountry and is a mix of dirt roads and paved roads. The ride starts Day 1 just outside Yellowstone National Park and heads northwest into the Gallatin National Forest, Targhee National Forest and the Beaverhead National Forest. Riders can choose many options of dirt or paved roads. Day 2 the ride explores the backways through the Bitterroot National Forest with a nice tougher option near the end of the day. Day 3 riders can discover the backcountry in the Lolo National Forest and Flathead National Forest. Finally, on day 4, riders reach the top of the state and have the option to explore Glacier National Park and Lewis and Clark National Forest. Riders even get a loop through Blackfeet Indian Reservation. On Day 5 riders are heading south through the high country plains and into the Helena National Forest and Gallatin National Forest. Lastly, Day 6 is kind of a discovery day as riders switch to a more pavement style day and explore a couple highlights of the ride including Beartooth Pass “It has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt” and Yellowstone National Park.
Self Guided Adventure: This ride is designed to be a self-guided adventure. As GPS units have become both more powerful and easier to use, it has enabled anyone to be able to easily find their way along the trail. For many, this allows them to just experience the adventure without the burden of getting lost. The Adventure Packets include: Custom route maps on microSD card for Garmin GPS units, a ride description booklet, both daily 11x17 printed maps and mini 5x8 quick reference maps. It also includes a list of hotels and their contact information. Everything you need to have a great adventure.
Route Choices: Don't put yourself in a bad spot. gpsKevin route maps always include route options. We recognize that weather and conditions can change. We design these adventures with multiple routes in different colors. The main adventure route is colored Blue, then there are easier and harder options, Green and Red, respectively. This allows riders to choose their own level of adventure appropriate for their own skill and desires. We don't want to put you into a challenging spot without options; we let you make the choice.
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What are these Adventure Rides like? These rides are designed along the theme of exploring the world. They include a mix of remote dirt routes, back paved roads, sometimes some very seldom ridden paths and pavement. Rides are a mix of all these things and sometimes some surprises due to weather conditions. These rides are for experienced, well seasoned riders that are capable of turning a washed out road experience into just part of the day's fun. Riders should be comfortable with turning around when necessary and finding an alternative route around unexpected obstacles. These rides are not for new riders. As an experienced rider, the tough part of having a great motorcycle adventure is the routing and logistics. What routes do I take? Where do I stay? How do I find the best routes and places?
We have done the homework for you: We have studied and developed and ridden to find the best possible routes and then we have put them into great daily rides. As riding skills and desires for riders can be different, we have developed and include route options. We find that many riders like to ride with their best friends, however their friends may not always have the same riding skills and desires. As the day's ride progresses, riders have choices of easier and harder routes. This allows you to tailor the ride more towards your own riding desires and allows you to make choices that might better suit your friends when necessary. Sometimes riders may just want a break too.