Owyhee Canyonlands

Jim Davis   Website


Far from Big Macs

Far from Big Macs

There is a point in the Owyhee region, in northwestern Nevada, that is, at 115 miles away, as far away as you can get from a McDonalds in the U.S.

Source: http://www.datapointed.net/2010/09/distance-to-nearest-mcdonalds-sept-2010


Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

Chad Brown on Fly Fishing


Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

“If you spend enough time in the wild, it will change you. So it was for me in Oregon’s high desert, especially in the Owyhee Canyonlands.” To support ONDA, Bonnie says, is to strive to protect the very values of Oregon’s high desert that are critical to the human experience: quiet and connectedness with nature. “Oregon’s desert,” she says, “broadens your understanding of your relationship to all living things.”

An Oregon treasure

Located in the far southeast corner of the state, Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands is one of the most wild places in the entire country. Here, natural conditions prevail and much of the area looks today as it has for generations, if not millennia.

In the Owyhee, the opportunity to unplug and recharge is unparalleled. A long cherished destination for rafting, hunting, and fishing and a well-known wildlife mecca, the Owyhee Canyonlands deserve the strongest possible conservation protections.

A stunning Owyhee sunset

Tyson Fisher   Website

A wonderous landscape in any season

Tyson Fisher   Website

Unique geology near Leslie Gulch

Greg Burke   Website

Lupine blooms near Three Fingers

Mark Lisk   Website

Native significance

Home to a living cultural richness for the indigenous Northern Paiute, Bannock and Shoshone tribes, these ancestral lands contain areas considered sacred.

There are more than 500 known archaeological sites in the Owyhee, and the landscapes, rivers, fish, and wildlife here support tribal traditions and practices to this day.

Starry skies above

Unbelievable stargazing is a hallmark of the Owyhee Canyonlands. In the coming decade, scientists say it may become one of the last places to view the stars of the night sky and the Milky Way in the lower 48 without light pollution.

Our favorite places in the Owyhee Canyonlands

Our work to protect the Owyhee

Oregon Natural Desert Association leads a group of local, regional and national groups that recognize the conservation, recreation and economic values of the area. ONDA’s goal is to protect more than two million acres of public land in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. With strong protections in place, ONDA envisions an Owyhee where plant and animal communities flourish, wide-open spaces abound, and local communities thrive. Protecting the most special places within the Owyhee Canyonlands would safeguard its rich ancient history, healthy wildlife habitat, fascinating geology, and ample recreational opportunities.