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Southwest Region

Owyhee Upland Backcountry Byway

Nearest Town: Grandview
Site Size: 101 miles

Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Open late May - October 31. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-84 Exit #95 at Mountain Home; SW on ID 67 to Grand View; SE on ID 78 ~1 mi to Mud Flat Rd; R (S) on Mud Flat Rd; follow Mud Flat Rd SW nearly to the Oregon border (turns into Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway); Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway veers N near Oregon border and becomes Juniper Mountain Rd; follow N to Jordan Valley; US 95 N back to I-84. Plan on most of a day for this trip.

Description: Starting through hay meadows, rolling hills and the winding course of Jordan Creek, you’ll soon climb into the mountains and gnarled stands of juniper woodlands. Numerous mountain ranges frame the picturesque desert, and you will be wrapping around the southern edge of Idaho’s Owyhees Mountains. From expanses of sagebrush and wildflowers, to rough, rock-walled rivers and streams, the Owyhee Uplands represent what many people believe the real West is all about. Look for Vesper, Brewer’s, Chipping, Song, Sage, and Lark Sparrows, as well as Green-tailed Towhee, Gray Flycatcher, and Rock Wren. Yellow-breasted Chat is abundant during spring and summer months at the North Fork Owyhee River campground. Wilson’s Snipe and Phalarope common in wetlands near Oregon border.

More Information:
BLM (208) 384-3800
Mountain Home Chamber of Commernce (208) 587-4334
itd.idaho.gov/byways/online.brochure/12owyhee/owyhee.htm


Photos
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Owyhee Upland Backcountry Byway
Photo Copyright Terry Rich, USFWS
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Brewer's Sparrow
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
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Rock Wren
Photo Copyright Brian Currie
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Silver City
Photo Copyright Randy Craig
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War Eagle Peak
Photo Copyright Terry Rich, USFWS
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Owyhee Upland Backcountry Byway
Photo Copyright Terry Rich, USFWS
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Silver City cemetery
Photo Copyright Randy Craig
Facilities

General Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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Habitat
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Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors N N N N N N N N N N N N
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterfowl N N N N N N N N N N N N
Target Species for this Site

Select a species from the list to view other sites on the Idaho Birding Trail Sites this species may be observed.

    Hawks and EaglesShorebirdsSparrows and alliesThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWood WarblersWrens and Dipper

    Legend

    SeasonAbundanceRegion
    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species


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