Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway

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Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway


(208) 384-3300

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The Byway is 103 miles long and consists of gravel and paved roads that are suitable for passenger vehicles. This region provides access to one of the best remaining examples of the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem and habitat for more than 180 species of birds and mammals such as coyotes, bighorn sheep and badgers. The area's scenic geology is composed of rhyolite, a volcanic rock, deposited 8-12 million years ago.

The public lands of the Owyhee Field Office hold outstanding scenic, cultural, and geologic values for visitors. From the sheer rock cliffs and magnificent plateaus of the Owyhee Canyonlands, to the scenery and wildlife viewing available along the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway, the southwest corner of Idaho is a special place to visit.

Visitors can explore historic Silver City for a glimpse of what life was like in an Old West mining town.

In the spring of 2009, Congress designated as Wilderness more than 323,000 acres of public lands in the Owyhee Field Office and nearly 150 miles of the Owyhee River system as Wild & Scenic River.

Map of Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway

Latitude, Longitude: 42.676378, -116.874619



  • Boating

    The area offers several great places for boating.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Byway can be reached through Jordan Valley, Oregon (80 miles southwest of Boise) or from Hwy 78 near Grand View, Idaho (70 miles southeast of Boise). The Byway is primarily a gravel road: 92 miles within Idaho and 12 miles within Oregon. A round-trip excursion on the Byway from Boise takes a full day. There are no services along the Byway. Services are available in Jordan Valley and Grand View.

  • Fishing

    The area offers several wonderful fishing opportunities.

  • Hiking

    The area offers several great hikes.

  • Picnicking

    There are many places along the byway that a perfect for a quick picnic.



Endpoints are located 60 miles southeast of Boise in Grandview, Idaho and 80 miles southwest of Boise in Jordan Valley, Oregon.

Phone Numbers


(208) 384-3300