June Owyhee Events

A delicious taste of eastern Oregon is coming west this month! Catch one of these events showcasing the beauty, recreational opportunity and ecological significance of the Owyhee Canyonlands.


Sisters Library Tuesday, June 9 at 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m.

Downtown Bend Library, Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m.

Redmond Library, Wednesday, June 10, at 12 p.m.

The Owyhee Canyonlands is coming to the Deschutes Public Library System, with events in Sisters, Bend and Redmond.

As the largest undeveloped natural area left unprotected by law in the Lower 48, very little has been written about the Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn about the power and the beauty of this remote corner of Oregon with author Bonnie Olin as part of the Summer Reading Program, “Escape From the Ordinary.” The programs are free and open to the public and books will be available for sale following her presentation.

“I believe that almost any extended river or hiking trip offers a person the opportunity to reconnect with nature, and that is a good thing,” says Olin. However, she says a trip into the Owyhee is something quite different. “You feel like you are the first and only person to have set foot there. It is still possible to ‘unplug’ completely from the modern world,” she says.

The Owyhee drains a remote area of the arid plateau region on the north edge of the Great Basin, winding through parts of Oregon, Nevada and Idaho. Its watershed is very sparsely populated, but its rolling hills and rugged red-rock canyons provide ideal habitat for golden eagles, bighorn sheep, and Olin’s photographer husband Mike Quigley began exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands in 1975. Olin joined him in 1993 and began keeping a personal record of their journeys together. Owyhee River Journals combines Olin’s journals with Quigley’s 125 full-color photographs of rarely seen landscapes and transports readers into the canyonlands of the Owyhee River in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon. For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org.


From red-rock spires to 1,000-foot canyons, Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands are unlike anyplace else in the state. Learn more about what makes this area special on Tuesday, June 16, in an evening with Dave Helfrich, Bonnie Olin and Corie Harlan. Through video, photography and storytelling, these presenters will take you on a journey through one of the most spectacular and least-known places in Oregon: the Owyhee Canyonlands. Join us at 6 p.m. at Cozmic; 199 W 8th Street, Eugene, Ore., for “Helfrich & Highwater: An evening for Owyhee advocates and adventurers.” The event is $10. Doors open at 5 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets at http://www.cozmicpresents.com/event/859723