Photo by Marc Adamus
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Unending horizons and wide open spaces shine through in the Owyhee. With only three paved roads splitting an area twice the size of Yellowstone National Park, there is room to roam for both humans and animals alike in the Owyhee country.
Upland birds like chukar and quail ramble throughout the rolling hills of the Owyhee, creating excellent opportunities for hunters. The open landscape and sagebrush provide a sanctuary for the swift-moving pronghorn antelope — the fastest mammal in North America. And the Greater sage-grouse, a bird threatened with extinction due to disappearing habitat, takes refuge in the Owyhee uplands.
The lack of formal roads, powerlines and development has left the Owyhee as one of the last great intact landscapes in the West, and places like the Upper West Little Owyhee and Lookout Butte Wilderness Study Area are critical to the survival of many different kinds of species that rely on the sagebrush sea.