North, Middle and Main forks of the Owyhee River meet and merge into one. Pitch your tent along the east side of the river, cast a line for redband trout and marvel at the Three Forks Dome—the geologic puzzle piece in the middle of it all.
Highlights: Day hiking opportunities are plentiful in this area. When the river is low, the scenic North Fork Owyhee makes for great exploring, as does following the Main Owyhee. Cavalry in the 1800s built the old military grade road on the west side of the river. Climb this old road to get cross-country access to Warm Springs Canyon and the Three Forks hot springs.
Need to Know: The Three Forks hot springs and much of the riverbank leading upstream for the campground are on unmarked private land. Although the owners have allowed hikers to visit the hot springs, there is no guarantee this will always be the case. Please pack out what you pack in, observe fire restrictions, and respect the landowner’s rights.
The lonely road into Three Forks can be completely impassable if there is rain. Do not leave the highway under these conditions. If you are driving a passenger vehicle, leave it at the corral on the canyon rim rather than attempting the grade, which is switchbacked, rocky and challenging.
Getting there: From Jordan Valley, head west along Highway 95 for 16 miles to milepost 36. Turn south at the sign for Three Forks to follow the Soldier Creek Watchable Wildlife Loop. After 28 miles you’ll reach a signed junction. Turn right. Another 2.6 miles and you will reach the canyon rim and a corral. At this point, anyone in a passenger car can hop into a 4WD vehicle to navigate the challenging grade down into Three Forks.
Elevation: Approximately 3,900 feet
Amenities: 4 primitive campsites. No water is provided. Water from the river must be treated or filtered.
Best time to go: Early summer into fall.