So remote, Google Earth almost can’t find it. Now that’s unfathomable isolation. With labyrinthian silence and a vastness stretched to infinity, your spirit can soar like an eagle.
The Owyhee River drains a high desert plateau of the Steens Mountains and Juniper Mahogany Mountain complex, carving out a staggering vertical chasm-land of enchantment that will enrich your soul. It is like a little sister to Arizona ‘s Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. In some places the colorful canyon walls are so steep you have to crank your neck straight up to see the sky.
One of the things I like most about this river, aside from hot springs, ancient rock art, colorful wildflowers, wild horses, fun whitewater, and awesome beauty; is the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. Remoteness is more than just a word. It is where one can go to feel something you can’t feel anywhere else.
Upper Owyhee Three Forks to Rome: Widowmaker is a famous rapid in this intense Class V section and is for serious thrill seekers only. Four-day trip.
Lower Owyhee Below Rome: Whistling Bird rapid and several others will still get your attention, but this stretch is more moderate and family friendly than the upper section. Between four and six days.