Why the Owyhee Canyonlands

Columbia spotted frog in the water
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The Owyhee Canyonlands is like no other area in the country and well deserving of strong permanent protection.

This incredible stretch of desert wild lands in southwest Idaho is both dramatic and unforgiving. Desert rivers wind through cathedrals of rock and the heart of southwestern Idaho’s sagebrush country.

There are many reasons why The Wilderness Society works to keep Owyhee Canyonlands protected.

The Owyhee provides home to diverse, native fish and wildlife species, including bighorn sheep, sage grouse and red band trout.

Draw for river enthusiasts

River runners from across the nation come to the Owyhee to experience its spectacular, free-flowing whitewater.

Stunning Scenery

The Owyhee contains the largest concentrations of sheer-walled basalt canyon systems in the nation.

Top Habitat

The Owyhee provides home to diverse, native fish and wildlife species, including bighorn sheep, sage grouse and red band trout.

Strong local economy

The Owyhee’s scenery, wildlife and recreational opportunities support the local economy by attracting visitor dollars from fishing, recreation, hunting and tourism.