Welcome to the largest intact, unprotected
stretch of the American West
A wild, vibrant landscape
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 is 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.
Broad support for permanent protection
A broad coalition of more than 35,000 from Oregon and beyond, more than 150 businesses, veterans, sportsmen and others are working to permanently protect this remote, wild area. Permanent protection could be achieved with wilderness, national conservation area or national monument designations. Learn more about the Owyhee Canyonlands Conservation Proposal on the WildOwyhee.org website.
A recent poll found that 70 percent of Oregonians support permanent protection for the Owyhee. Sixty-six percent of those in the Second Congressional District, where the Owyhee is located, support permanent protection.
Independent studies also affirm that permanent protection is merited for the area. Conservation Science Partners concluded that the Owyhee Canyonlands is one of the most intact unprotected areas of the West, and a study commissioned by the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association found that recreation dollars contribute significantly to the local economy.