Fly fishing for native redband trout in the Owyhee Canyonlands is a real treat. Photo by Jim Davis

From traversing the great-wide-open to marveling at tight canyon walls, the Owyhee Canyonlands delights around every bend. The scent of sage in the uplands yields to rich, green flora in the canyon depths. And water, the lifeblood of the high desert, both crashes through roiling river rapids and meanders in canyon pools.

This diversity offers a rich variety of recreational opportunities. In the rolling uplands, hunter hike up and down the draws in search of chukar. Horseback riders follow the rim of Oregon’s Grand Canyon. The water below provides great angling, rafting, canoeing and packrafting, and the entire region offers plenty of chances to camp, hike and explore.

It also means that wildlife of all varieties flourish here, from big game species like elk to birdwatching favorties like raptors and swallows.

These qualities provide one more reason the Owyhee Canyonlands is a treasure, worthy of sharing as it is with our children and grandchildren.

For more information about exploring the Owyhee’s 2 million acres, check out our Things to Do and Best Bets sections of the website.