Getting far away in the Owyhee Canyonlands

If you’re looking to get far away – and over the past year, who hasn’t been? – you can’t get much farther away in Oregon than the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Located along the far eastern border of Oregon — about six hours from Portland — the Owyhee Canyonlands unfold over more than 2 million acres. Cut by just three paved roads, it’s considered one of the largest expanses of undeveloped land in the lower 48 states.

Out here, the Owyhee River has has sculpted the land into stunning canyons amidst colorful remnant volcanic features, rock formations and rolling sagebrush hills. Pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, badgers, horned lizards and rattlesnakes are just a few of the wild creatures who call the Owyhee Canyonlands home.

The Owyhee Canyonlands is also a hiker’s paradise, something I wrote about for Travel Oregon early last summer. Take a gander – and then take a hike.

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