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Owyhee Field Office

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From the sheer rock cliffs and magnificent plateaus of the Owyhee Canyonlands, to the scenery and wildlife viewing available along the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway, the southwest corner of Idaho is a special place to visit. Visitors will find plenty of opportunities to explore, find solitude, and experience some of nature’s most wild places in this remote, rugged country. The area includes two wilderness areas and multiple sections of wild and scenic rivers.

The Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway represents high desert scenery at its finest. Along the route, visitors are treated to views of the surrounding sagebrush-steppe ecosystem that provides habitat for over 180 species of birds and mammals. Scenic geologic formations, composed of volcanic rock deposited 8-12 million years ago, are also present in this area.

For off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, this area features three popular trailheads along the Owyhee Front. Trails include single tracks for motorcycles and wider trails and two-tracks for all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other motorized vehicles.

Plenty of non-motorized adventures are also available. Hikers who travel ¼ mile to Jump Creek Falls will discover a lush riparian community filled with waterbirch and red osier dogwood trees.

History comes alive at the Silver City campground, located in a partially restored 19th century mining town in the Owyhee Mountains.

The Owyhee River System, sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the Owyhee,” is famous for its deep canyons, steep cliffs, turbulent whitewater, brilliant wildflowers and abundant wildlife. Golden eagles, falcons, hawks, bighorn sheep and deer all call this area home. Much of the Owyhee River and its tributaries are designated as wild and scenic rivers and nearly 70 miles of the river, upstream from the Idaho-Oregon border, is within the Owyhee River Wilderness area.

These designations protect the unique character of this area and make it part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, which serves to protect and conserve special places on public lands.

Rafting and kayaking the Owyhee with its Class II - V whitewater is popular in the spring during higher water flows. Low water float trips are also possible in smaller craft.

Owyhee River Fishing (copyright: Glenn Oakley)
Copyright: Glenn Oakley

Last updated: 03-01-2013