Owyhee Canyonlands

The Wilderness Society has worked for eight years to protect the spectacular Owyhee Canyonlands. Now we’re working with local partners to fulfill our conservation commitments.

In 2009, we helped permanently protect the high deserts and life-giving rivers of the Owyhee Canyonlands. We are still working today to develop science-based management plans to ensure the Owyhee Canyonlands remain healthy and thriving.

Why Owyhee Canyonlands

The Owyhee Canyonlands is like no other area in the U.S. and well deserving of strong permanent protection.

We worked for eight years to get permanent protection of the Owyhee and its spectacular canyonlands. Now we’re working to ensure those safeguards stay put.

Work we’re doing

We worked for eight years to get permanent protection of the Owyhee and its spectacular canyonlands. Now we’re working to ensure those safeguards stay put. 

Our Partners

For over a decade, we have worked with groups of ranchers, conservation professionals, agricultural interests, sportsmen, outfitters and guides to care for the Owyhee Canyonlands.   

  • In the first of a three management plans to be released in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado missed a great opportunity to protect some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes—including the Dolores River, lands surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and recreation hub

  • When school was out for the summer in the suburbs of Manhattan where I grew up, my mom packed our little Subaru hatchback with sleeping bags, a tent, a cooler filled with fruit and sandwich meat, hiking boots, rain gear, and three kids, and headed West.  Like generations before and since, w

  • The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.