Leslie Gulch Area of Critical Environmental Concern


Vale District Office 100 Oregon Street Vale, OR 97918

43.32193, -117.32197
Leslie Gulch is located east of the Owyhee Reservoir in Malheur County, Oregon. From Highway 95 in Idaho, go west 8 miles on McBride Creek Road to Rockville, then 1 mile north to Leslie Gulch Road and 15 miles west. You can also take Succor Creek Road from either Oregon Highway 201 or US Highway 95 to the Leslie Gulch Road Junction.
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Leslie Gulch Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Towering cliffs painted in desert hues and honeycombed rock formations sculpted over millions of years for the landscape of this remote region. The unique soils here support a number of rare plant species, including two that are only found in the Leslie Gulch Drainage. Mule deer, California bighorn sheep, Rocky mountain elk, coyotes, and bobcats all call this area home. Birders can spot chukar, raptors, California quail, and more over these 11,000 acres. The striking geology and unique opportunity to spot plant and wildlife make Leslie Gulch the perfect area to set up camp and get away from it all.

Know Before You Go:

  • Camping and fires are limited to the Slocum Creek campground. Maximum stay is 14 days.
  • Overnight backpacking and horses are not allowed in the Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
  • Vehicles are limited to existing roads and parking areas.
  • Collection of vegetation, rocks and firewood is prohibited.
  • Drinking water is not available.
  • Toilets are available.
  • Flash floods, wet roads, or winter conditions can make the road impassable high-clearance vehicles are recommended.
  • Large recreational vehicles are not recommended.

Point of Interest:

Geology and wildlife: The Leslie Gulch Tuff makes up the bulk of the volcanic formations. The area is also home to more than 200 California bighorn sheep, reintroduced in 1965.

Leslie Gulch Area of Critical Environmental Concern Brochure

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