Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway

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Nestled within the remote and captivating landscapes of southern Idaho and southeastern Oregon lies the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway, an extraordinary route that promises a journey through pristine beauty. Stretching approximately 103 miles, this offroad trail embarks on an enchanting path rare... Read More
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Highlights of Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway

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Highest Elevation
6254 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
05/26 - 12/01
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway
Nearest Town
Jordan Valley
Nearest Services
Jordan Valley
Management Agency
Bureau of Land Management
District
Owyhee Field Office

Overview


Nestled within the remote and captivating landscapes of southern Idaho and southeastern Oregon lies the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway, an extraordinary route that promises a journey through pristine beauty. Stretching approximately 103 miles, this offroad trail embarks on an enchanting path rarely explored by many, guiding travelers through the picturesque Owyhee County in Idaho.

Commencing at Jordan Valley, Oregon, the trailhead beckons adventurers on a mesmerizing voyage, where vast open ranges and scenic vistas unfold before their eyes. Along this captivating route, the region's geological formations, wildlife, and rich historical significance come to life, painting a fascinating picture of the area's past. The trail shows evidence of Native American cultures and early exploration, adding depth and context to the journey.

As explorers venture deeper into the backcountry, they encounter dramatic elevations inviting challenging and exhilarating descents. Amidst this untamed beauty, the vast open plains and the majestic rugged terrain create an awe-inspiring and emotionally profound connection with nature, leaving an indelible mark on the soul.

A prominent feature of this trail is the breathtaking views of the North Fork Owyhee River Rim, surrounded by a picturesque landscape of trees, rock formations, and awe-inspiring vistas. This idyllic spot offers a perfect haven for reflection amid nature's serene embrace, inviting travelers to pause and savor the moment's tranquility.

Moreover, the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway provides access to five wilderness areas: Owyhee River, North Fork Owyhee River, Pole Creek, Little Jacks Creek, and Big Jacks Creek Wildernesses. Each of these areas offers its unique blend of natural wonders, contributing to the allure and diversity of this extraordinary trail.

For adventurers seeking a truly immersive experience in the wild and unspoiled beauty of the Owyhee Uplands, the Backcountry Byway awaits, promising an unforgettable expedition through a land of remarkable grandeur and timeless allure.

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