Owyhee Oxbow Basin

Total Miles
3.6

Elevation

1047.95 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Fall

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Trail Overview

This rugged, rocky, and rutted dirt road climbs up from the Owyhee River into Oxbow Basin. This is part of a long and very remote route that accesses the backcountry and numerous Wilderness Study Areas along the West side of the Owyhee Reservoir and Owyhee Canyonlands. There is very little traffic out here. Bring extra fuel, water, and spare tires. There is a high silica content in the dirt in this region. When dry, it's fine talc dust that gets everywhere and in everything. When wet, it becomes a slippery mess and dries hard on your vehicle like concrete. Be prepared to hike out if traveling in this area during the wet season.

Difficulty

rocky dirt road

Technical Rating

3