The Owyhee Big Five for 2014

From an Outside magazine shout-out to a surge of support for conservation, the Owyhee Canyonlands campaign hit full-throttle in 2014. Check out our Big Five for the year.

1) 6,000 strong

More than 6,000 people signed our petition calling on Sen. Ron Wyden to back protection for the Owyhee Canyonlands – an expanse nearly the size of Yellowstone National Park that is the largest unprotected area in the lower 48.

2) Big Owyhee support

Two heavyweights used their bully pulpits this year to advocate for protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands. Bruce Babbitt, Interior secretary in the Clinton administration, called on President Obama to protect the Owyhee in a column published in newspapers across the West. And Oregon outdoors guru William Sullivan shared in the Salem Statesman Journal and Eugene Register-Guard that the Owyhee is a treasure worth protecting.

3) Outside magazine kudos

In its April issue, the magazine awarded the 800-mile Oregon Desert Trail a place in its coveted 2014 Travel Awards, zoning in on the 200 miles through the Owyhee Canyonlands as the trail highlight.

4) Owyhee goes digital

The Owyhee Canyonlands got its very own website,, packed with info on fishing the region’s rivers, soaking in its hot springs and more. Check out the Owyhee Canyonlands Facebook page, too!

5) This American Land

The Owyhee Canyonlands twice made PBS airwaves across the country this year on the television show This American Land. One segment — seen here — focused solely on why Oregon’s Owyhee country merits protection, while another showcased the landscape as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act (watch it here).

We’re certain you’ve had your favorite Owyhee Canyonlands moments this year, too. Whether it was an amazing hike or a new trip for your bucket list, please share them with us: email or click here. We look forward to relaying all the great Owyhee news to you in 2015!