Jaws will drop on the drive to the Slocum Creek Campground. Every bend winding into Leslie Gulch reveals red-rock wonder, complete with slot canyons and towering hoodoos. This area is not only a highlight; it also offers some of the region’s easiest access.

Highlights: This area offers breathtaking day hikes with some of the easiest access in the Owyhee country. Families can try Juniper Gulch and Dago Gulch. Climbers head for the bouldering of Upper Leslie Gulch. Anglers and kayakers find the boat launch below the campground a great starting point into Lake Owyhee. And the largest herd of California bighorn sheep in the nation got its start here after reintroduction in the mid-1960s. Look for these majestic animals on the rocky slopes.

Need to Know: The nearly 25 miles of gravel dirt road coming to the Slocum Creek Campground is navigable by almost all passenger vehicles under dry conditions. Large RVs are best left at home, as negotiating the steep grade with boat traffic can be dicey. There are additional campsites at the head of Dago Gulch for tents.

Getting there: From Jordan Valley, take Highway 95 north for 27 miles and turn left at the sign for Succor Creek. Take this road 8.5 miles to a T-shaped junction at the Rockville School, where you will head left toward Succor Creek for another 1.8 miles. Then turn left on the gravel for Leslie Gulch for the final 14.5 miles to the road’s end at Slocum Creek Campground. Take your time during this last leg—the views are worth it!

Elevation: Approximately 2,700 feet

Amenities: 12 established campsites for either RV or tent camping with shade structures and picnic tables. Pit toilet restrooms. Bring your own water. Pack in and pack out all trash.

Best time to go: Late spring, early summer and fall.

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