Visiting the Owyhee Canyonlands calls for preparation, awareness, and self-sufficiency.
Top off your gas tank when leaving gateway communities like Nyssa or Jordan Valley and carry a spare gas can, because once you leave the blacktop you will not find services or amenities.
Roads within the canyonlands are often unmaintained, rocky, and rutted. A small amount of precipitation makes the road surface slippery, creating mud buildup that clogs wheel wells and limits travel. Check each destination write-up for road conditions and advice on clearance and four-wheel drive recommendations. Each vehicle should carry a full-size spare tire, towing straps/chains, a jack, some flat boards, Fix-a-Flat, a lug wrench, jumper cables and a five-gallon water jug.
Intrigued? Read on for our suggestions on experiencing the wild Owyhee, and, when you’re back, you can speak up to protect this place.