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Alaska Backcountry Explorer

Our Alaska Backcountry Explorer is for those who want to explore the real Alaska and get as remote as you can on the Alaska highway system. Riding ranges from excellent scenic pavement to challenging two-track and ATV trails in the heart of the Alaska wilderness. Get ready to be wet, muddy and ride some challenging terrain - All at the foot of the tallest mountains on the continent.
Play hard during the day and laugh around a campfire every night.

Tour Details

Road Conditions

Paved roads and gravel roads are the main. The out-rides are two-track jeep trails and four-wheeler tracks with rocks, mud and water crossings. This ride is for those who know how to ride, or those who want to get much, much better.


Nice hotels to rustic hotels to remote road houses. You don't come to Alaska for the finest in accommodations, and you will not find it here. However, you will find the scenery, the solitude and the vast natural surroundings to be world-class. If you are camping, hot showers are available.

Tour Difficulty


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Highlights for this motorcycle tour

  • Hatcher Pass
  • Denali Highway
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
  • Valdez
  • Glenn Highway
  • Camping and Laughing
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Alaska Backcountry Explorer Itinerary

Meals Included in Package: (B) = Breakfast  (L) =  Lunch  (D) = Dinner


Explore the real Alaska during our MotoQuest Camp



Friday, July 24th:

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska

Come to the shop and meet your bike. Welcome Dinner and stay in Anchorage.



Saturday, July 25th

Anchorage to Chitina - 200 miles

Ride the National Forest Scenic Byway the Glenn Highway. It is rated as one of the top ten scenic rides in the United States. Ride past mountains and glaciers on a paved highway all the way to our first destination, Copper Center. Stay in Chitina.

Solitude and peace of mind in Alaska


Sunday: July 26th

Free Day   - Up to 200 miles

Optional rides abound:

Visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (by either the Edgerton Highway to McCarthy and Kennicott Mine, or ride the Slana Road into Devil's Mountain Lodge).

Ride to Valdez (one of the best scenic paved rides on this planet.)

Explore nearby two-track roads (These will take you to wild Alaska!)

Stay in Chitina.

Ride dirt roads that cut through the most unpopulated pristine wilderness on earth.


Monday, July 27th

Free Day   - Up to 200 miles

Optional rides abound:

Visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (by either the Edgerton Highway to McCarthy and Kennicott Mine, or ride the Slana Road into Devil's Mountain Lodge).

Ride to Valdez (one of the best scenic paved rides on this planet.)

Explore nearby two-track roads (These will take you to wild Alaska!)

Stay in Chitina.

Ride the wilds of Alaska


Tuesday, July 28th

Copper Center to Denali Highway (210 miles)

Ride north on the Richardson Highway to Paxon and connect with the extremely scenic Denali Highway. This unpaved highway runs along the beautiful Alaska Mountain Range, leading you to the next accommodations at Gracious House.  Stay on the Denali Highway.


Improve your riding skills


Wednesday, July 29th

Free day on the Denali Highway - up to 70 miles

Explore the surrounding area on challenging two-track rides in the area. Get ready for stream crossings, riding to the tops of mountains and seeing abundant wildlife. This is an Alaska that few get to actually experience.

Stay on the Denali Highway

(B), (L), (D)

Explore the off-the-beaten-track to places people seldom go in Alaska


Thursday, July 30th

Denali Highway to Petersville area (up to 200 miles)

Ride the world-class scenic byway the Denali Highway and head south to explore some great back country roads near Talkeetna, Alaska.

 More very fun stuff. Stay near Talkeetna. (B), (D)

Stream crossing 101 to graduate course...


Friday, July 31st

Talkeetna area to Anchorage (up to 150 miles)

Ride 150 miles of paved and dirt road to Anchorage. Enjoy scenic Hatcher Pass Road and mountains galore. Farewell dinner this night in Anchorage. Stay in Anchorage. (B) (D)

Ride scenic Hatcher Pass Road on the way back to Anchorage.


Saturday, August 1st

Fly Home or keep the dream alive!

Seize each day in Alaska

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Reserve and book your place on this tour

SmugMug Gallery: Photos from previous Backcountry trips


This is not a normal motorcycle ride. This is an adventure. This ride is not for wimps. This tour requires elements of endurance and stamina. Riders must be able to ride in adverse weather conditions and adverse road conditions. These roads are some of the roughest and most remote in the world. Riders must be physically fit, mentally strong, and able to cope with adversity. The accommodations on this trip range from luxurious to disapointing. Be ready for a true adventure!


Ride through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

To Book this Tour:

To secure a spot for our Alaska MotoQuest Camp please register and pay $500 deposit.


Arrive and depart from Anchorage International Airport (ANC) 
For any other travel options, please contact us at: 1-800-756-1990 for advice. 
You may also reach our travel agent Sally at:, or(907) 562- 2213 
Just tell her you are part of a MotoQuest Tour!


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Please note that meals and fuel are not included in the tour price. We recommend that you budget about $100.00 per day for food and fuel (this is just an estimate of expenses and is not including adult beverages.) Many places in Alaska accept Visa and MasterCard but it would be wise to have some cash on hand in case there are problems at remote lodges.


Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime

Arrival Day:

Send us your travel information so we know when and where to meet you. Please be prepared to show your current motorcycle drivers license.


Bring riding suit, top and bottom, with pads. Have something that is waterproof, or bring an outer waterproof layer for rainy days.

Our guides use the MotoQuest Guide Jacket and MotoQuest Guide Pants by Olympia MotoSports, designed for all conditions. These suits are fitted for men.

For Women we recommend:

Recommended Rain Gear: Olympia Horizon Rain Gear

In Alaska and Long Beach we have Olympia riding gear available for rent if you do not currently own your own gear. Please call us and let us know if you will need us to reserve the jacket, pants or both for your tour.

Also bring:

Stout water-proof boots, rain gear, a warm hat, rain-proof gloves (2 pair), hiking shoes, bug spray, lots of underwear, fleece layers, full-faced helmet, swim suit, and a good camera are the things you need on the trail.

Get up close and personal with nature

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Are you kidding??!!! This was a blast!!

Ian Flenning, Michigan

Jul 24th 2015 Tour Details

Places still available on this tour

Book tour by: Tuesday, Feb 24th 2015

Type of Tour: Dual Sport
Number of Stages: 1

Full Tour Price

  • Rider sharing twin room *: US $ 5,200
  • Rider with own room *: US $ 6,600
  • Couples *: US $ 8,800
  • Own Bike with shared room: US $ 3,350
  • Own Bike with own room: US $ 4,800
  • * Includes basic bike rental

Jul 23rd 2016 Tour Details

Places still available on this tour

Book tour by: Sunday, May 24th 2015

Full Tour Price

  • Rider sharing twin room *: US $ 5,450
  • Rider with own room *: US $ 6,100
  • Couples *: US $ 9,250
  • Own Bike with shared room: US $ 3,550
  • Own Bike with own room: US $ 5,050
  • * Includes basic bike rental

Guided by:

MotoQuest Tours recommends Olympia Moto Sports clothing

Motorcycle Included in Price

Included in this tour

*This tour is not Fancy. Welcome and Farewell Dinners are not 5-Star, nor are the accommodations!

  • Kawasaki KLR 650 (7 days)
  • Camping Fees (for those Camping)
  • Hot Showers (for those Camping)
  • All Hotel Accommodations (for those staying in Hotels)
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners excluding alcohol
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Professional and Experienced Guides on Motorcycles
  • Staff Mechanic
  • Support vehicle (carrying spare parts, tools, luggage and extra motorcycle)
  • Staff Trained in First Aid with satellite phone
  • MotoQuest T-Shirt and Hat
  • Copy of Photos Taken on the trip
  • Custom Photo Book from photos taken on the trip

Excluded in this tour

  • Meals on the road (except Welcome and Farewell Dinners)
  • Additional motorcycle Insurance (Loss Damage Waiver insurance )
  • Gas
  • Alcohol
  • Alternative Tours
  • Flights: Contact our travel agent:, (907) 562- 2213
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Camp Gear  (Camp Gear can be rented for a fee of $150/week: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad)

MotoQuest Tours recommends Global Rescue


4346 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99517
1-800-756-1990 / (907) 272-2777

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