3 Day Backcountry Readiness Rides

Backcountry Readiness Rides

Our 3-day Backcountry Readiness Rides are designed to get you beyond the training course and out into the real world of adventure riding! We equip you with the necessary riding skills and techniques to build your confidence in exploring the backcountry. With real time instruction on the trail, you gain first-hand experience and learn much more about exploring the backcountry. If you have taken a West 38 Moto (or other training course) and now you’re ready for real-world riding, this bonus package is exactly what you’re looking for.

You can attend a BRR as its own event, or you can select a 2-day training that extends into a BRR. Begin your off-road adventures with BRR in two ways:

  1. Sign up for a select 2-day training event with a 3-day BRR extension. (If you’re already signed up for a 2-day training and want to add the BRR, check out our option to make this a full package.)
  2. If you’ve already gone through prior training, find a scheduled 3-day BRR and sign up.


During these three days, we dig deeper into preparing you for a day ride or an extended trip in the backcountry. Whether you are riding by yourself or in a group, camping or staying in hotels, these three days will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be more comfortable with the adventure you choose.


We take training to the next level by getting out on the trails and applying training in the real world environment. Below are some things you will learn during the Backcountry Readiness Rides:

Trail preparation – for you and your bike

  • Choosing riding gear for proper protection and comfort
  • Setting up your bike with the proper protection for backcountry riding
  • Making adjustments to improve ergonomic comfort and control of your motorcycle
  • How to pack for travel in the backcountry – luggage and gear recommendations
  • Planning for meals and packing food efficiently

On the trail

  • Being a good team rider and different roles when riding in groups
  • Recognizing limitations, advance planning
  • Understanding terrain changes and adjusting your riding technique
  • How to adjust to weather changes and riding conditions
  • Proper hydration and maintaining good energy levels
  • Understanding the effects of mental fatigue and how to manage this
  • Using your GPS while on the trail to navigate
  • Testing the use of the Garmin InReach location device

Morning and evening short clinics

  • Demonstrating basic field repairs – like tubed and tubeless tire repair, chain link repair, crank case, and valve cover repair
  • How to tow bike-to-bike
  • Bike rescue and recovery
  • Setting up your GPS with tracks and basecamp basics – learn most common human errors
  • Packing for a day trip or for an extended trip
  • Setting up camp – how to find a good site and where to set up your tent


Our 3-day Backcountry Readiness Rides focus on going beyond the cones and transferring training to the trail. We want you to put your training to the test and challenge yourself, but more importantly, have fun and enjoy everything the backcountry has to offer. We will take opportunities to talk about how to recognize terrain changes and adjusting to them, mitigating obstacles, and managing the bike through more technical sections. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, supportive learning environment while offering appropriate challenges to improve your riding.


We want you to have a choice in your own comfort while you are training and enjoying this experience. Depending on any one location’s amenities, options will vary.

If you’re on a budget or just want to create your own experience, no problem! We’re here to make recommendations for hotel or camping options in the area you choose. Whether you want to camp, stay in a hotel or in your RV, we will assist you in making reservations for your lodging choice. Pricing is different depending on the area you choose.

Once you review the different locations, you’ll notice we offer options that range from remote mountain lodge, safari style tent village, and established campgrounds to hotels or tent camping. Find what works best for you!


We offer some all-inclusive packages that cover all your food and lodging for the time you are with us, although this option may not be possible in some locations. Depending on the area you choose to do the training, we may have an option for an all-inclusive package.

What Is Included:

  • All meals covered whether we are in a restaurant, hotel/lodge, or campsite
  • All lodging expenses

What Is Not Included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fuel for your motorcycle

What Do I Need To Pack?


Proper riding gear is a must! If you have any questions about riding gear and clothing, feel free to contact us and we can cover this in more detail. In general, people tend to over pack clothing items. Besides riding gear (including a helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots), you will need layers for frequent weather changes. Consider packing a separate set of comfortable clothes/shoes to wear in town or while we are lounging.


If you have a good set of tools it is not a bad idea to bring them; some people like to be self-sufficient. If you don’t have any or want to save room we should have enough tools to fix or repair most bikes on the fly.


There is no one answer to this question because it depends on preferences, riding ability, and of course, budget. Any motorcycle can be converted into a dual sport bike. Heck, we know people who have converted their Harleys into adventure bikes! We will be riding terrain that is big adventure bike friendly (BMW 1200GS, KTM 1290 etc.). However, we have had many customers ride smaller and mid size dual sport bikes and enjoy the ride just as much. If you don’t have a bike right now, we can help you with a rental.

Coming Soon! Stay tuned for details on training options in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and California!



Nicknamed “Little Switzerland,” Ouray certainly delivers some of the most scenic areas in the country. Whether you join us in a high mountain lodge, camp in the backwoods, or stay in a hotel, the Ouray experience is like no other.

Pricing for Level 2 Backcountry Readiness Ride Options

All Inclusive Mountain Lodge

September 9-11 – Choose one option below

All Inclusive Mountain Lodge

Choosing your own accommodations and providing your own meals

September 9-11 – Choose one option below

Choosing Your Own Lodging and Meals

Pricing for Level 3 Backcountry Readiness Ride Options

All Inclusive Mountain Lodge

August 26-28 – Choose one option below

All Inclusive Mountain Lodge

Choosing your own accommodations and providing your own meals

August 26-28 – Choose one option below

Choosing Your Own Lodging and Meals


Gather Sunday afternoon for a meet-and-greet and get details of the BEaR event itinerary. Exact time and location will be communicated once event registration and plans have been finalized.

*If you are combining a training and BER event together, we will depart the training site Sunday afternoon and ride to the meet-up location. Dinner will be provided if you chose the all-inclusive package.

Buena Vista

This area of Colorado is home to more 14,000 foot peaks, including the two tallest peaks – Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive – than any area in the state. Known as the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, this area boasts Mounts Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Oxford, and Columbia. The riding is plentiful and diverse, and the views are breathtaking.

Details of this event are in process, stay tuned for updates. If you are interested in this event please contact us for details.

New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment offers amazing views and numerous geographical changes. On arrival at the Rule-of-Five Base Camp, you’ll be greeted by one of our staff and introduced to the safari style tent village that includes toilets, wilderness showers, kitchen, common area, private tents. Sleeping accommodations include a large camping cot with a thick sleeping pad, bed linens, pillow, and towels. Bring your own sleeping bag.

You also have the choice to bring your own tent and camping gear. If you have never camped off your bike, this is the perfect opportunity to try it out and learn.

Included in the price are all your meals while at the Rule of Five Base Camp. Enjoy group meals in the fully-equipped kitchen.

Pricing for Backcountry Readiness Ride Options

Lodging in Rule of Five Safari Tent

Level 2 – August 19-21 – Choose one option below

Rule of Five Safari Tent Lodging

Camping With Your Own Gear

Level 2 – August 19-21 – Choose one option below

Rule of Five Camping With Your Own Gear



Gather Sunday afternoon for a meet-and-greet and get details of the BER event itinerary. Exact time and location will be communicated once event registration and plans have been finalized.

*If you are combining a training and BAR event together, lodging will not be provided for the 2 Day Training. The group will depart the mine in Cerrillos on Sunday afternoon and ride to the Rule-of-Five Base Camp.


Northern Colorado

This area of Colorado is vast, open and free. We’ll skirt the border of  Southern Wyoming and Northern Colorado winding through some of both states’ largest cattle farms and most open backcountry. High alpine riding meets wide open spaces as we get the best variety of all terrain thrown at us. The limited tourism and population allows us multiple options to explore!

Details of this event are in process. Stay tuned for updates to come!


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