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Ever notice how some of the most spectacular places in Oregon’s high desert have very bland names? Like the Dry Creek area and the many acres of remote, wild public land nestled between Highway 20 and 78. This part of Oregon’s high desert contains critical habitat for species like native redband trout and California bighorn sheep. Unique plant communities and soaring vistas abound. And thousands of acres are recognized for their exceptional scenic, historic and cultural values. Southeast Oregon has so many wild, unsung gems – help them stay that way: Link in bio. . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #BLMWild @blmoregon . . . Photos: Dry Creek area, Oregons Owyhee, Sara Strader & Mary Elliott | Big Horn Sheep, Greg Burke | Lupine, Paintbrush, Mallow, Stuart Garrett | Redband trout, Tim Neville

The Snake River flows through a remote and almost unpopulated area in the Owyhee Canyonland. The canyon landscape is referred to as Oregons Grand Canyon. The river also offers a variety of recreational activities, including whitewater rafting and kayaking, hunting, fishing, and exploring. (Sunrise reflection at where I camp.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #sunrise #roamtheplanet #exploremore #idaho #keepitwild #beautifullandscape #outdoorlifestyle #wanderlust #reflection #adventureanywhere #traveloregon #wonderfulplaces #stayandwander #lost #photographylife #majestic_earth #snakeriver #away #ourpubliclands #findyouradventure #exploretocreate #wildowyhee #landscape_lover #landscape #keepitwild #theoutbound #optoutside #wildfortheowyhee #beautifulplanet #welivetoexplore

Thanks to decades of successful advocacy and legal action led by ONDA, the BLM is currently revising their Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan. . For people who love public lands, sharing your input on this plan is going to be one of the most important opportunities you have to shape how these lands - including the magnificent Three Fingers region pictured here - are managed for decades to come. . Weigh in on this plan to protect #wildlife, #habitat, #camping, #hiking, #hunting, #fishing and more. ONDA has all the info you need to make a comment that will be heard. . Photo: Vern Dipietro

“Being in the outdoors is where we find our healing. That is what I learned after serving in the U.S. Navy and dealing with the daily struggle of living with PTSD. I still recall the solace I found when I hooked a fish for the first time. The river basically saved my life – it was a sign to me to connect with the outdoors and to work to ensure that all people had access to our special wild rivers and lands. Getting outdoors on to protected, public lands inspires hope in our youth, our vets, and all of us. We need to protect the Owyhee River and surrounding Canyonlands for the generations of today and tomorrow.” ~Chad Brown, combat veteran This Veterans Day, we honor all who have served to uphold the many pillars that make America great. Chief among them: Our public lands that belong to all of us – an ultimate expression of our democracy. Thank you, veterans. #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #thankyou #gratitude #veterans #VeteransDay

If you love public lands like these - and we know you do - its important to get out and vote. Now, want to take it to the next level? Getting involved in a BLM planning process is one of the most important opportunities you have to shape how these lands are managed for decades to come. . With the public comment period coming up soon for southeastern Oregon, you’ll have the chance to help protect sage-grouse habitat, determine where off-road vehicles can and cannot travel, and protect wild desert places to camp, hike and bird. . Photo: Christof Teuscher

Calling all Owyhee lovers! You have a once-in-a-generation chance to help shape the future of nearly 5 million acres of southeast Oregon’s desert public lands, including our beloved Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn more and make your voice heard: Link in bio. . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #BLMWild @blmoregon . . . Photo: Sean Bagshaw

What will the Owyhee look like in 20 years? You tell us. This fall, you have a once-in-a-generation chance to help improve and protect the land, water and wildlife on almost 5 million acres of southeastern Oregon’s desert public lands, including the Owyhee Canyonlands. The Bureau of Land Management will be seeking public input on the Southeast Oregon Resource Management Plan during an upcoming comment period. Until permanent protection is put in place for the Owyhee, this is one of the best opportunities you have to protect the things you care about in Oregon’s high desert! Learn more and stay tuned to make your voice heard: Link in bio. #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #BLMWild @blmoregon . . . Photos: Three Fingers, Andrew Sambuceto | A stare of young burrowing owls, Devlin Holloway | Owyhee petroglyphs, Tom OKeefe | Exploring the Owyhee, Sean Bagshaw

Happy #Halloween from Oregons Owyhee! (And if you really want a good scare, you should know this incredible landscape - one of our last, best wild places in the lower 48 - is under threat). Learn more and add your voice to hooowl for the Owyhees protection: Link in bio. . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild #Scary . . . 📷: Chalk Basin, Greg Burke | Skull in stone, Mike Quigley | Coyote, Devlin Holloway

Will this river look the same in twenty years? You tell us. Every few decades, the Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) updates their Resource Management Plans to guide their decision-making about how public lands should be used and cared for. Right now, they are considering how they’ll manage close to 5 million acres in southeastern Oregon. Stay tuned for ways to help shape the future of #BLMWild places like Birch Creek. Follow @theoregondesert for more. Photo: Devin Dahlgren, @devindahlgren #WildForTheOwyhee #owyheecanyonlands #birchcreek #owyhee #yourpubliclands #publiclands #oregon #desert #oregondesert #scenic #landscape #conservation #nature #outdoors #river #oregonhighdesert

Owyhee October! The 1980s were a radical time for Oregon’s Owyhee River. On October 19, 1984 and October 28, 1988 over 185 miles were designated wild and scenic for exceptional recreational, wildlife, geologic and cultural values! Yes, epic rafting, bald eagle sightings, towering rock formations, and sacred Native American sites abound. 30 years later, this victory has helped keep the Owyhee River the wild, remote stunner it is today. Get to know our one and only Owyhee River and celebrate this desert gem all month long! Link in bio. . . . 📷: Ellen Bishop . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild #scenic #remote #exploregon

Depending on what time of year you visit Birch Creek, you could see Bullock’s Oriole with their distinct teardrop nests dangling over the river, raptors, mule deer or bighorn sheep. Right now, the Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) is creating the blueprint for how nearly 5 million acres in southeastern Oregon — including beloved #BLMWild places in the Owyhee Canyonlands like Birch Creek, Leslie Gulch, and Three Fingers — are managed. This is a once-in-a-generation chance to shape the future management of these public lands. If you care about public lands and wildlife, don’t miss your chance to weigh in. Follow @theoregondesert to learn more. Photo: Devin Dahlgren @devindahlgren #WildForTheOwyhee #yourpubliclands #owyheecanyonlands #owyhee #publiclands #wildlife #scenic #landscape #birchcreek #conservation #oregon #southeasternoregon #outdoors

#Repost @theoregondesert ・・・ Birch Creek, in the Owyhee Canyonlands is a flat-out Incredible place. You’ll find ample access to the Wild & Scenic Owyhee River, historic buildings to explore, and miles of trails and shaded camping sites to enjoy – all framed by tall ochre- and chocolate-colored cliffs. The Bureau of Land Management will soon release a draft of their Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment. Considering that this plan covers close to 5 millions acres of public lands - that’s twice the size of Yellowstone National Park - it’s a huge opportunity for advocates like you to weigh in. Keep an eye on ONDA’s website and we’ll let you know when it’s time to share your thoughts on how incredible places like Birch Creek are managed. Photo: Bureau of Land Managment #BLMWild #WildForTheOwyhee #owyheecanyonlands #owyhee #yourpubliclands #oregon #publiclands #southeasternoregon #wildandscenic #birchcreek #owyheeriver #trails #outdoors #hiking #camping #scenic #landscape #wilderness #wildlands #seeBLM #bureauoflandmanagement

In the @washingtonpost: “Doing just a small portion of the Oregon Desert Trail reminded me of nature’s riotous side and challenged me in the best way. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to trudge a path full of lurking rattlesnakes and stunning star-filled skies…” The 750-mile @oregondeserttrail shows off some of Oregon’s unsung gems, including the Owyhee Canyonlands. As more people come to know and love this place, the call to protect these wild public lands - and the wildlife, hunting and fishing traditions, sacred cultural sites and livelihoods tied to them – continues to grow. Learn more and add your voice for a forever protected Owyhee. Link in bio. . . . 📷: Mark Darnell . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #OregonHighDesert #EasternOregon #oregon #exploregon #optoutside #outside #exploremore #adventure #wildlife #conservation #TravelOregon #hunt #fish

Depending on what time of year you visit Birch Creek, you could see Bullock’s Oriole with their distinct teardrop nests dangling over the river, raptors, mule deer or bighorn sheep. Right now, the Bureau of Land Management is creating the blueprint for how nearly 5 million acres in southeastern Oregon — including beloved places in the @owyheecanyonlands like Birch Creek, Leslie Gulch, and Three Fingers — are managed. This is an exciting chance to shape the management, one that will only come around once in a generation. If you care about public lands and wildlife, don’t miss your chance to weigh in. Keep an eye on ONDA.org this fall. Photo: Devin Dahlgren @devindahlgren

Will this creek look the same in twenty years? . You tell us. Every few decades, the Bureau of Land Management updates their Resource Management Plans to guide their decision-making about public land management. Right now, they are considering how they’ll manage close to 5 million acres in southeastern Oregon. If you want to shape the future of wild places like Birch Creek, ONDA is here to help you! Visit onda.org to learn more. . Photo: Devin Dahlgren @devindahlgren

Just in time for the Orionid meteor shower this weekend! New blog, How to find a hot spring in the dark, shares lessons learned from a particularly epic, star-filled trip into Oregons Owyhee. Link in bio. . . . 📷: Tyson Fisher Photography . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild #hotspring #stars #darknightsky #Orionid #meteor #exploregon #getoutthere #sky #hotspring #pnw #fridayvibes #nature #naturephotography #planetearth #weekend #weekendgoals

Its the Owyhees birthday as a Wild and Scenic River! In 1984 Oregons grand canyon was protected ❤️

Birch Creek, in the Owyhee Canyonlands is a flat-out Incredible place. You’ll find ample access to the Wild & Scenic Owyhee River, historic buildings to explore, and miles of trails and shaded camping sites to enjoy – all framed by tall ochre- and chocolate-colored cliffs. The Bureau of Land Management will soon release a draft of their Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment. Considering that this plan covers close to 5 millions acres of public lands - that’s twice the size of Yellowstone National Park - it’s a huge opportunity for advocates like you to weigh in. Keep an eye on ONDA’s website and we’ll let you know when it’s time to share your thoughts on how incredible places like Birch Creek are managed. Photo: Bureau of Land Managment

#Repost @owyheecanyonlands ・・・ @tim_neville takeover 4/8: The first few days of our 50-mile exploratory hike through Louse Canyon in the Owyhee Canyonlands seemed incredibly daunting, with so many rattlesnakes, dense brush and boulder piles to navigate. By day 2, though, something kinda cool began to happen. Instead of fighting the canyon, we surrendered ourselves to it. What I mean is we began to understand that moving THROUGH the canyon meant moving WITH the canyon, just like the water we were in and out of constantly. If we came to an obstacle wed fan out and find a way to get around it as a team. Wed climb over spooky boulders to avoid the willows and stick to the inside of the river bends where the gravel was easier to cross. It was like we were learning to speak the canyons language, picking up on subtle clues -- maybe a sound or the color of the river bottom -- that would tell us to go left when right felt like the more obvious choice. I remember thinking how quickly we were adapting when I took this picture of @itschrisfrisch, a former @theoregondesert coordinator. I worried the weather might not hold, though, and we had a big decision to make. Tomorrow wed rapidly approach the point of no return. After that, our only escape would be to push deeper into the unknown and make it to the end. Photo: @tim_neville

@tim_neville takeover 8/8: Im sure youve been to this place before. Im not talking about this particular spot on the map, where we sat among the fescue and mint at the end of a 50-mile, four-day exploratory hike through the Owyhee Canyonlands. Im talking about the one that wilderness instills in you and makes your body a living contradiction: tired yet strong, exhausted but full, alone yet more connected than ever. Were at that place in this shot, especially @chrisasolomon in the red shirt. Look at that face. Thats a man in his happy place, a guy wholl tell you how wilderness makes him feel small after days of trying to be big. The last 12 miles of our hike blew by. I remember the canyon expanding and collapsing around us, over and over, like a rib cage inhaling the enormity of the sky. Time lost its tick to the length of a shadow and the growl of a belly. We caught fish. We sat in caves. We saw how fragile everything really is. And then it was over. We were back on the road, zooming across an Oregon desert that seems to expand as far outward as it does in. I hope youve enjoyed following along. If youd like to read the story you can find it by Googling “Tim Neville Oregons Outback NYT. And if you care about protecting our wild places for future generations, I encourage you to lend your eyes, hearts, and minds to organizations like @theoregondesert and efforts like @wildowyhee. In the meantime, there’s something Id like to know: Whats your Owyhee? Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #KeepItWild #FutureGenerations #awesomeearth #discoverearth #wildernessculture #nature #naturephotography #naturelover #naturephoto #protectnature #conservationphotography #getoutside #exploremore #adventure #backpacking #thegreatoutdoors #welivetoexplore #camping #hiking #MountainMonday #MotivationMondays #MondayMorning #MondayFunday

@tim_neville takeover 7/8: We all knew things could get spicy on a remote, exploratory backpacking trip through a canyon in Oregons Owyhee region, especially after a few days when we pushed through the point of no return. Day three, however, turned out to be one of the more difficult times in the wild Id ever had. By that point, a cold front had moved in and pelted us with marble-size hail as the temperature plummeted 25 degrees into the mid 50s. Almost immediately after a breakfast of oatmeal we had to swim across a frigid pool too deep to wade across. That one pool led to another pool and another and another. At first, before each swim, wed take the time to try to stay as dry as possible, stripping down to our skivvies, swimming across, and then putting our (mostly) dry clothes back on. Eventually, with so many pools and with time ticking by, we just went in fully clothed. The pools seemed to get deeper and longer the farther we went. Many of them continued out of sight around bends, so we never knew if a swim would be 10 yards or 200 before setting out. After about the fifth or sixth pool I watched @chrisasolomon (red shirt) wade right into the next one wearing his full rain gear, which I am certain did not keep him dry. Before long, everyone was border hypothermic so we found a rocky overhang, drank cups of plain hot water and did jumping jacks to stoke our metabolic fires. By that afternoon, the sun came out strong and kind. Our gear dried quickly as we snoozed lazily on the warming rocks. Maybe that bad day was really one of the best. We only had one more day to go. Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #fantastic_earth #earthvisuals #planetdiscovery #wildernessculture #discoverearth #getoutside #exploremore #adventure #backpacking #thegreatoutdoors #camping #hiking #swimming #warm #warmup #bodytemperature #jumpingjacks #hypothermia #SaturdayMorning #SaturdayMood #SaturdayFun #WeekendVibes

@tim_neville takeover 6/8: Day three of our four-day exploratory trek through a remote canyon in Oregons Owyhee country started out fun but quickly grew scary, at least for me. It was pretty much a given that your feet and legs would be wet for most of the day thanks to all of the river crossings we had to do but at least the water was never more than waist deep. That changed after we came around a bend and immediately confronted a deep pool with no way around it. We would have to swim but how? Our sleeping bags and critical gear were all wrapped in dry bags to help keep the moisture out but everything else would get soaked. I think it was @jeremyfox1980, then @theoregondeserts trail coordinator, who had the brilliant idea to use our sleeping pads as mini rafts upon which we could ferry our packs across the pool. Thats him making his way across as @fentybrent, @chrisasolomon and @itschrisfrisch (left-to-right) look on. I went first and gasped at how cold the water was. Worse the outside temperature began to drop. Maybe there wouldnt be any more pools this deep, I thought. Oh man was I wrong. Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #hike #hiking #hikemore #hikersofinstagram #float #ThinkOnYourFeet #genius #getoutside #optoutside #outside #exploremore #adventure #backpacking #liveoutdoors #thegreatoutdoors #welivetoexplore #awesomeearth #earthfocus #nakedplanet #ThrowBackThursday #tbt #ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayMotivation

@tim_neville takeover 5/8: In many ways we got really lucky on our exploratory hike through a remote canyon in Oregons Owyhee country. With almost no information to go on other than Google Earth at home and topo maps in the field (neither of which shows deep water or choke points), each hour was a complete surprise. One moment wed be getting whipped in the face by willows and the next wed stumble upon a pocked cliff sprinkled with swallow nests. Fortunately, we found spectacular places to camp, like this one, where ample flat ground meant our group of five could stay together. We never were thirsty, either, thanks to plenty of places to filter water, as my pal @chrisasolomon, a contributing editor @outsidemagazine, does here. Though the river can drop dramatically later in summer, we would soon encounter a different problem -- the river in places was still much too high and the walls around us were growing more impenetrable. From this point on, forward would be the only option, and if something bad were to happen (we did have an emergency beacon) we figured the closest person to us was at least a 24-hour journey away by four-wheel-drive, horse and foot. What would we do if we couldnt find a way through? Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #pnwonderland #bestoforegon #keepitwild #wild #owyhee #awesomeearth #getoutside #exploremore #adventure #backpacking #camping #hiking #nature #naturephotography #naturelover #naturephoto #naturegram #TravelTuesday #TuesdayMotivation #TuesdayMorning

@tim_neville takeover 4/8: The first few days of our 50-mile exploratory hike through Louse Canyon in the Owyhee Canyonlands seemed incredibly daunting, with so many rattlesnakes, dense brush and boulder piles to navigate. By day 2, though, something kinda cool began to happen. Instead of fighting the canyon, we surrendered ourselves to it. What I mean is we began to understand that moving THROUGH the canyon meant moving WITH the canyon, just like the water we were in and out of constantly. If we came to an obstacle wed fan out and find a way to get around it as a team. Wed climb over spooky boulders to avoid the willows and stick to the inside of the river bends where the gravel was easier to cross. It was like we were learning to speak the canyons language, picking up on subtle clues -- maybe a sound or the color of the river bottom -- that would tell us to go left when right felt like the more obvious choice. I remember thinking how quickly we were adapting when I took this picture of @itschrisfrisch, a former @theoregondesert coordinator. I worried the weather might not hold, though, and we had a big decision to make. Tomorrow wed rapidly approach the point of no return. After that, our only escape would be to push deeper into the unknown and make it to the end. Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #KeepItWild #staywild #canyons #owyhee #nature #naturephotography #naturelover #natureaddict #naturephoto #naturegram #naturelove #protectnature #instanaturelover #landscape_lovers #conservationphotography #wildernessculture #SundayFunday #SundayVibes #SundayMorning #SundayRead #WeekendVibes

@tim_neville takeover 3/8: The first day of our hike proved to be a real soul-scorcher. We started off at a place called Anderson Crossing, which is one of the few places where Louse Canyon intersects with anything even remotely like a road. The plan was to pop out 50 miles downstream at a place called Five Bar near the confluence of the Little Owyhee and the main stem of the Owyhee, where one of our team had dropped a truck a few days earlier. In the weeks leading up to the trip I did my research but could find no good information on the route. I couldnt even tell if anyone had ever done it at all save for a vague passage that mentioned a group of vets that had attempted it back in the 70s and then a Boy Scout troop that had tried it more recently. It was unclear if theyd done the entire route or just given up but it sounded really hard. Once we were on our way, I understood why. With no trail whatsoever, and with dense stands of willows and huge boulder piles blocking the route, it was immediately clear that hiking 10-15 miles a day was going to be excruciatingly slow. At its worst, wed take more than an hour to go less than a mile. But then, just as our spirits would began to sink, wed pop around a corner and discover dramatic spires unlike anything Id ever seen. Ive been to maybe 80 countries by now and seen places more beautiful than you can imagine but this one is still exceptional. Later, when I sat down to write about it, I called the canyon a Utah dipped in fudge. Anyway, scenes like this one kept us going. We had to know what magic might lie around the next bend. Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #pnwonderland #bestoforegon #keepitwild #desert #earthfocus #nakedplanet #fantastic_earth #earthvisuals #planetdiscovery #wildernessculture #discoverearth #adventurer #hiking #hikemore #hikersofinstagram #naturephotography #naturelover #naturephoto #naturegram #FearlessFriday #FridayFun #FridayMood #FridayVibes

@owyheecanyonlands repost: @tim_neville takeover 2/8: If you look at a map of the US at night youll see this huge black spot over the region where Idaho, Oregon and Nevada come together. Thats where wed be backpacking, deep in a remote canyon that cuts through ION country,” one of the most remote swaths of the Lower 48. The idea for the trip happened one night when I was chatting with @theoregondesert then-executive director @fentybrent about this ambitious plan hed hatched to create the @oregondeserttrail that would wind for hundreds of miles through scenery like this (of the Pueblo Mountains). Whats the most remote, challenging, unknown section of the trail, I asked him. Fenty quickly zeroed in on Louse Canyon, which sits in SE Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands and is so tight at times that, from above, youd never even know it was there. Within a few weeks we were on our way to check it out with a team of five hardy lads and a plan to hike 50 miles along the West Little Owyhee River that runs through Louse Canyon, sniffing out a possible route. To my surprise, my editor at the NYT loved the idea and signed off on it. Little did I know just how challenging it would be, even for a group as experienced as ours. Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #pnwonderland #bestoforegon #keepitwild #desert #awesomeearth #getoutside #instamountain #adventureawaits #backpack #camp #hike #nature #natureshot #appreciatenature #natureislife #protectnature #instanaturelover #landscape_lovers #conservationphotography #WalkWednesday #WednesdayWisdom #WednesdayMotivation

@tim_neville takeover 2/8: If you look at a map of the US at night youll see this huge black spot over the region where Idaho, Oregon and Nevada come together. Thats where wed be backpacking, deep in a remote canyon that cuts through ION country,” one of the most remote swaths of the Lower 48. The idea for the trip happened one night when I was chatting with @theoregondesert then-executive director @fentybrent about this ambitious plan hed hatched to create the @oregondeserttrail that would wind for hundreds of miles through scenery like this (of the Pueblo Mountains). Whats the most remote, challenging, unknown section of the trail, I asked him. Fenty quickly zeroed in on Louse Canyon, which sits in SE Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands and is so tight at times that, from above, youd never even know it was there. Within a few weeks we were on our way to check it out with a team of five hardy lads and a plan to hike 50 miles along the West Little Owyhee River that runs through Louse Canyon, sniffing out a possible route. To my surprise, my editor at the NYT loved the idea and signed off on it. Little did I know just how challenging it would be, even for a group as experienced as ours. Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #pnwonderland #bestoforegon #keepitwild #desert #awesomeearth #getoutside #instamountain #adventureawaits #backpack #camp #hike #nature #natureshot #appreciatenature #natureislife #protectnature #instanaturelover #landscape_lovers #conservationphotography #WalkWednesday #WednesdayWisdom #WednesdayMotivation

Hello, Oregon desert fans, @tim_neville here, a correspondent with @outsidemagazine and freelancer for folks like the New York Times. Im taking over the @wildowyhee account (in a personal capacity) for a few days to recount one of my favorite assignments of the past few years -- an exploratory backpacking trip through one of the most remote, spectacular, and truly wild parts of Oregon that few people ever get to see: the Owyhee Canyonlands. The four-day trip through Louse Canyon, a tributary to the main stem of the Owyhee, was full of highs and lows and included some very real moments of doubt over whether wed actually pull the whole thing off. In the end, we made it out, of course. The snakes didnt get us. We didnt freeze. The scratches and blisters have long since healed. What has endured is something you all know well, a certain crackle that lingers when you open yourself to wilderness. I hope you enjoy the trip over the next few days. This is a picture I took of then- @theoregondesert executive director @fentybrent as he scouted out our route. I should remind you that a trip like the one youre about to read about is not for the faint of heart and that going back into Louse Canyon is no joke. Even so, Id do it again and again. Shall we begin? Photo: @tim_neville . . . . #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #oregon #OregonHighDesert #exploregon #pnwonderland #bestoforegon #keepitwild #wild #owyhee #wildernessculture #awesomeearth #getoutside #exploremore #adventure #backpacking #camping #hiking #nature #naturephotography #naturelover #naturephoto #naturegram #conservationphotography #MountainMonday #MotivationMondays #MondayMorning #MondayFunday

Ive been going through some old photos recently. Here is one of a spring storm rolling over the Owyhee Canyonlands from atop Three Finger Butte. #wildfortheowyhee #visitoregon #ourpubliclands

Nothing gold can stay…. Enjoy these fleeting days of #Autumn, public land lovers! With cooler temps, fewer folks and changing colors, today’s #FallEquinox marks the beginning of a magic season in Oregon’s Owyhee. Pack your coziest sweater, a favorite coffee mug, a full spare tire and get out there. #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #exploregon #pnw #wild #fall #gold Photo: @dan.holz.photo

Combat veteran @_chadbrown_ was struggling with PTSD, until rivers and fly fishing saved his life. Today, he brings veterans and urban youth together for nature ‘deployments’ to some of our last, best wild places via his non-profit, @soulriver_runsdeep. Through @soulriver_runsdeeps trips to wild places like Oregons Owyhee, veterans and youth experience the healing power of nature. And together, they form an enduring love for our public lands, waters and wildlife. In new blog, three youth share what their Soul River experience meant to them and their hopes for a forever-protected Owyhee. Link in bio. #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild #healing #nature #veterans #youth @SenJeffMerkely @JeffMerkley @RonWyden Photo: @_chadbrown_

In the @MalheurEnterprise this week: Conservation groups want to open discussions on canyonlands. Yes. We need to work together to find common ground and develop a shared solution on how best to protect and care for our beloved public lands in the Owyhee. That is the Oregon way. Give it a read: Link in bio. #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild #CommonGround #WorkTogether #TheOregonWay Photo: Nate Wilson Photography

Is your best friend longing for a high desert adventure? Head to ONDA.org to find trip ideas, safety tips and plenty of opportunities to speak up for this landscape or lend a hand to its care. Photo: @mikehoderman #WildForTheOwyhee

Number one stunner! This image of Birch Creek by @devindahlgren is one of Tim Davis (local leader of Malheur County-based stewardship and conservation group, @FriendsOfTheOwyhee) favorite images of Oregons Owyhee. And he would know - growing up in Adrian, hes explored the Owyhee since he was 2 months old! #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild #oregon #OwyheeFriends #StartEmYoung

The BEST meteor shower of the year is here! The Perseids peak this weekend on Aug. 12-13. Thanks to a new moon, super dark night skies will provide fantastic viewing conditions for ‘shooting stars’! Your best viewing locale? Our Owyhee Canyonlands! Home to some of the darkest night skies in the ENTIRE country, this is the place to be for one of Planet Earth’s most spectacular shows. In ten years, Oregon’s Owyhee will be one of just a handful of places in the U.S. where you can see the Milky Way – and meteor showers – without light pollution. Let’s make sure future generations get to experience the wonder of a truly dark, star-filled night sky: Sign petition to protect this place via link in bio. #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild #stars #DarkNightSkies #Perseid #meteor #PerseidMeteorShower Video: @Nate Wilson

Celebrate the Wild & Scenic River Act by getting to know Oregon’s Owyhee River ・・・ The 1980s were a radical time for Oregon’s Owyhee River: Over 185 miles were designated #wildandscenic for exceptional recreational, wildlife, geologic and cultural values! Yes, epic rafting, golden eagle sightings, towering rock formations, and sacred Native American sites abound. As we celebrate 50 years of wild rivers protected under the Wild & Scenic River Act, get to know our exceptional, wild, and remote Owyhee River! #makeyoursplash #rivers50 #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild #scenic #remote #exploregon Photo: Wild & Scenic Owyhee River, David Stone

The 1980s were a radical time for Oregon’s Owyhee River: Over 185 miles were designated #wildandscenic for exceptional recreational, wildlife, geologic and cultural values! Yes, epic rafting, golden eagle sightings, towering rock formations, and sacred Native American sites abound. As we celebrate 50 years of wild rivers protected under the Wild & Scenic River Act, get to know our exceptional, wild, and remote Owyhee River! (Link in bio) #makeyoursplash #rivers50 #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #wild#scenic #remote #exploregon Photos: Wild & Scenic Owyhee River, David Stone | Geologic formations frame Wild & Scenic Owyhee River, Jim Davis | Rafting the Owyhee, Chad Case | Golden eagle, Devlin Holloway | Owyhee petroglyphs, @Greg Burke

Regrann from @soulriver_runsdeep - Our third deployment of the season back from Owhyee Canyonlands. Owyhee Canyonlands is the last great unprotected expanse of the American West. Its craggy red-rock canyons, blue-ribbon trout streams and rolling hills make up a diverse wild land nearly the size of Yellowstone, home to a rich array of wildlife. Thanks to these youth and veterans! Brown Trout Country! ...................................... #soulriverinc. #Publiclandsproud #WildForTheOwyhee #flyfishingsaveslives #browntrout #veterans #veteransfightingptsd #protectowhyee #youthleaders @keen @s.t.3.f.a.n.i.e @axe_the_service_dog - #regrann

Regrann from @soulriver_runsdeep - Our third deployment of the season back from Owhyee Canyonlands. Owyhee Canyonlands is the last great unprotected expanse of the American West. Its craggy red-rock canyons, blue-ribbon trout streams and rolling hills make up a diverse wild land nearly the size of Yellowstone, home to a rich array of wildlife. Thanks to these youth and veterans! Brown Trout Country! ...................................... #soulriverinc. #Publiclandsproud #WildForTheOwyhee #flyfishingsaveslives #browntrout #veterans #veteransfightingptsd #protectowhyee #youthleaders @keen @s.t.3.f.a.n.i.e @axe_the_service_dog - #regrann

Desert canvass in Owyhee Canyonlands.. Day 3: You’ve never seen Oregon like this before. #solotravels #rocks

Our third deployment of the season back from Owhyee Canyonlands. Owyhee Canyonlands is the last great unprotected expanse of the American West. Its craggy red-rock canyons, blue-ribbon trout streams and rolling hills make up a diverse wild land nearly the size of Yellowstone, home to a rich array of wildlife. Thanks to these youth and veterans! Brown Trout Country! ...................................... #soulriverinc. #Publiclandsproud #WildForTheOwyhee #flyfishingsaveslives #browntrout #veterans #veteransfightingptsd #protectowhyee #youthleaders @keen @s.t.3.f.a.n.i.e @axe_the_service_dog

Day 3, getting my rocks off on Juniper Gulch Trail.. ❤️ #girlswhorocktogetoff

Photographer Glenn Oakley (@glennoakley1) shared this picture-perfect scenic shot of one of his favorite spots along the lower Owyhee River in Oregon. The 346-mile-long river is a tributary of the Snake River, running from northern Nevada to southeastern Oregon.⠀ ⠀ Where have you been lately? Post your photos with the hashtag #ViaAdventure.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ .⠀ #owyheeriver #owyhee #desertriver #highdesert #easternoregon #oregon #WildForTheOwyhee #wildowyhee #exploregon #pnw #scenic #nature #greatoutdoors #getoutside #optoutside #easternoregon #Oregonexplored #river #riverlife #riverphotography #landscape #landscapephotography #ViaMagazine

Nothing says “America” like the Fourth of July, apple pie…and our public lands! Oregonians and Americans are immensely fortunate to have a legacy like our public lands that belong to all of us – an ultimate expression of our democracy. It’s our collective honor and responsibility to respect and care for places like the Owyhee that are our shared natural heritage. Have a safe, wonderful holiday celebrating, enjoying and caring for our country’s #wild lands, waters and wildlife! #WildForTheOwyhee #OurPublicLands #America #Oregon #LeaveNoTrace #FourthOfJuly #4thOfJuly #RedWhiteAndBlue Photos: Camping in the Owyhee, Jim Davis | Golden eagle chick, Devlin Holloway | Red Indian Paintbrush blooms

In an increasingly busy, connected and crowded world, we need wild places more than ever. And we also need more of them. On this day 34 years ago, via the Oregon Wilderness Act, 22 wilderness areas joined a small group of iconic, forever-protected places including Three Sisters, Mt. Hood and the Wallowa Mountains. There are over 2 MILLION acres of wilderness quality lands in Oregon’s Owyhee. This place is every bit as wild, iconic and deserving of permanent protection as these other Oregon gems. Let’s keep pushing our elected leaders to safeguard the Owyhee so that Oregon remains the wild place we all know and love: Link in bio. #WildForTheOwyhee #wild #wilderness #MoreWilderness #OurPublicLands #remote #Oregon Photos: Owyhee River, @marklisk | Burrowing owls, Devlin Holloway | Summer blooms, Jim Davis

Every summer has its own story. Will yours include an Owyhee chapter? #WildForTheOwyhee #summersolstice #summer #wild #camp #fish #hike#explore #OurPublicLands Photo: @tim_neville

I’m changing a very flat tire. As we swap out the shredded piece of rubber, we decide the best course of action is to begin our Owyhee adventure immediately. And so our packrafting trip starts with an unexpected seven-mile cross-country hike in the soft glow of the desert evening. An Owyhee trip is always an adventure, whatever way you choose to travel. Read more about packrafting the Owyhee in @nick_mces new blog. Link in bio. #WildForTheOwyhee #wild #packrafting #adventure #exploregon

Gulches that make you go hmmm.

Spring green in the desert.

When most people think of Oregon, fern-filled forests and untamed coastal beauty come to mind. However, over HALF of Oregon is high desert! This harsh-yet-fragile part of our state is full of spectacular gems - like the handful featured by @theOregonianin in todays 10 natural treasures of Oregons high desert list - and yet just 1% of these wild public lands are permanently protected. Help change that: Link in bio #WildFortheOwyhee #wild #OurPublicLands #DesertAllStar Photo: David Kessner

Repost from @owyheecanyonlands - “In the sparsely populated southeastern corner of Oregon lies one of the wildest regions in the continental United States – a volcanic-shaped landscape of waving sagebrush, high desert rivers, labyrinth-like chasms, gurgling hot springs, and expansive craters.” Yes indeed, @traveloregon! In a state filled with hidden gems, priceless wonders, and expansive public lands, Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands are a stand out. Check out Travel Oregons new 2018-2019 Visitor Guide and start planning your next adventure! #WildForTheOwyhee #Wild #AlmostSecret #TheFarthestReaches Photo: Alan Majchrowciz

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