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Owyhee Canyonlands

The expansive Owyhee Canyonlands of Oregon encompass the Owyhee River and areas such as Leslie Gulch, Jordan Craters and the Upper West Little Owyhee River. This landscape is home to wildlife such as bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope and Greater sage-grouse. The Oregon Natural Desert Association is dedicated to protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Welcome to the largest intact, unprotected

stretch of the American West


Rafting the Owyhee
Rafters on the Owyhee River navigate both rapids and calm stretches.
Photo: Leon Werdinger
In far eastern Oregon lies wild, rugged country carved by the Owyhee River and lined with steep canyons. These enigmatic canyonlands captivate any visitor and challenge the outdoor enthusiast.

At 2.5 million acres of wild lands and hundreds of miles of Wild & Scenic rivers, Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands represents the largest conservation opportunity remaining in the lower 48 states.

The Owyhee Canyonlands are home to the one of the nation's largest herds of California bighorn sheep as well as pronghorn antelope, Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, seven species of bats, Greater sage-grouse and songbirds, redband trout, longnose snakes, and pygmy rabbits. Innumerable archaeological and historical sites are hidden in its canyons.

ONDA is working with regional and conservation groups, as well as other business supporters and individuals, to protect this remote, wild area. Learn more about the Owyhee Canyonlands Conservation Proposal on the website.

Support our work to permanently protect the Owyhee Canyonlands -- take action today!

Interested in learning more about the spectacular region? Read the New York Times article, "Bivoucking in Oregon's Back of Beyond," that highlights the adventure in and value of this place. Then, visit the Owyhee Canyonlands website for more information and ways to get involved. While you're there, be sure to sign up for the email list.

Interested in visiting? Check out our Owyhee Canyonlands Visitors Guide. Also, visit the Owyhee Canyonlands website.


Can't make it to the Owyhee right this second? Experience it with this video:

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Oregon Natural Desert Association
50 SW Bond Street, Suite 4,
Bend, OR 97702
Tel: (541) 330-2638

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