Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway

Seasonal Closure

This site is seasonally closed from the first snowfall until Memorial Weekend. Please contact Owyhee County at 208-495-1154 for more information.

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The 103-mile Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway offers high desert scenery at its finest. From expanses of sagebrush and grasslands to sheer, red-walled river canyons, the Byway provides an opportunity to visit a vast, little-known, and unchanged corner of the American West.

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Geographic Coordinates

42.67638, -116.87462


The Byway is located in Owyhee County, Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. It can be reached from the west through Jordan Valley, Oregon and from the east via State Highway 78 near Grand View, Idaho. A roundtrip from Boise is approximately 250 miles and takes a full day. The Byway makes for a great overnight camping trip if you have the time.