Visitor’s Guide to the Owyhee Canyonlands
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Where to Stay
Dispersed camping is allowed throughout much of this region on the lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. There are also a handful of limited-service campgrounds.
Slocum Creek Campground
Approximately 50 miles from Jordan Valley, Oregon
Pitch your tent here, amidst grassy hills and rocky spires, and you’ll be just a few miles away from the terrific hikes in Leslie Gulch. This free, no reservation campground has 12 established campsites for either RV or tent camping. All sites have picnic tables, and most have shade structures. Restrooms here are pit toilet, and you must bring all your own water. A nearby boat ramp provides access to the Owyhee Reservoir. Season: year round
Succor Creek State Natural Area
Approximately 23 miles from Adrian, Oregon or 50 miles from Nampa, Idaho
Located in a deep, rocky canyon, Succor Creek State Natural Area offers terrific wildlife watching. It also allows limited souvenir collecting by rock hounds. Reach this primitive camping (23 sites) and day-use area by taking a rough 15 mile dirt road that leads from Oregon 201. Prepare accordingly for this remote recreational experience. No water is available. There are no pay phones or cell phone services, and no staff or volunteers are stationed at this site. Season: year round
There are no lodging options within the Owyhee Canyonlands, but you can find lodging in surrounding communities including Nampa, Idaho. Boise is the closest major city.
Basque Station Motel
Located next to the gas station and near Rockhouse Coffee, this motel offers clean, basic accommodations with ‘vintage’ style. It is the only lodging option in Jordan Valley. 801 Main St, Highway 95, Jordan Valley, OR 97910.
Call (541) 586-2244 for reservations.
This mom and pop spot offers up three very basic, ‘rustic’ cabins, four RV spaces, a small restaurant and a convenience store on-site. Rome Station may have gas but best to call ahead to be sure. Fishing and hunting licenses also available. The BLM Rome boat launch is nearby. 3605 Hwy 95 W. Rome, OR.
Call (541) 586-2295 for reservations and more information.
Old Basque Inn/Flat Iron Steakhouse
This facility is closed until further notice. Call (541) 586-2800 for the latest information.
Where to Eat
In these remote communities, it is not uncommon for businesses to hold unusual hours. It is a good idea to call ahead so you’re not left staring at a closed sign with an empty stomach. Travel these parts with enough food and water to see yourself through, as you won’t stumble across a supermarket.
The shakes and tater tots at Rome Station (3605 Highway 95 W, Rome, Oregon, (541) 586-2294) are not to be missed.
You’ll find excellent coffee and the best coffee milkshakes in all of eastern Oregon at Rockhouse Coffee (909 Highway 95 W, Jordan Valley. Oregon, (541) 586-2326).
You can also stop by the JV Cafe, 701 Main Street, Jordan Valley, Oregon, (541) 586-2920) and The Mirage (605 N First Street, Adrian, Oregon, (541) 372-0150).
Fish for Brown Trout Below the Dam
The roughly 14-mile stretch of the Owyhee River below the dam is renown among fly-anglers for its brown trout. When you’re not casting a line, you can enjoy the red-rock canyon and the Owyhee’s riverside hot springs.Get Advice
Raft the Lower Section of the Owyhee Wild and Scenic River
To anyone who knows rafting, the Owyhee River is definitely on their bucket list. This trip takes you past geological wonders, hot springs, petroglyphs and more, all while providing a fun ride in the process.Get Tips
Head Out Chukar Hunting
Upland bird hunting is popular in the Owyhee region, and the Owyhee Canyonlands is home to some of the best chukar hunting in the world. Long walks along ridges and rimrock within a mile of water are key to success.
These birds thrive in the rocky canyon country anywhere there is perennial water. Some popular places to start a hunt include Leslie Gulch, Dry Creek, and Three Forks.
- Wild Owyhee
- Owyhee Wild and Scenic River
- Outdoor Project: Owyhee
- Explore Oregon Recreation: Owyhee River
- Camping at Leslie Gulch
- A Hiker’s Guide to the Owyhee Canyonlands
- 100 Hikes in Eastern Oregon by William L. Sullivan
- Oregon Desert Guide: 70 Hikes by Andy Kerr
- The Owyhee Canyonlands — An Outdoor Adventure Guide by Steve Stuebner and Mark Lisk
- “Bivouacking in Oregon’s Back of Beyond” in The New York Times by Tim Neville
- “West Little Owyhee Canyon, Middle of Nowhere, OR” in Backpacker by Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan
Land Manager Contact Info
Bureau of Land Management
Vale District Office
100 Oregon Street
Vale, OR 97918
Phone: (541) 473-3144