Treasures of the Owyhee West: June 21-23, 2024
**This trip requires a vehicle with 4-wheel or all-wheel drive, and some clearance.**
Join Alison on a weekend road trip through the western rim of the Owyhee Canyonlands. On this 70-mile out-and-back dirt road trip, we'll explore the remnants of the Owyhee's explosive volcanic history. We'll search the slopes of dramatic badlands and desert gulches for agate, colorful jasper, and petrified wood.
The group will camp for two nights at Twin Springs near Grassy Mountain. Coordinates: 43.617111, -117.417778. Alison and her team will prepare a beautiful camp dinner each night.
The group will meet in Owyhee, Oregon around lunchtime on Friday, June 21st and caravan from there. The group will disband on Sunday afternoon, June 23rd.
Trip participants should be adults 18 and over who are comfortable with dirt road driving. Anticipate spending a full day hiking around in the elements and camping through all possibilities of weather.
**While the dirt roads out here are well graded and easy-traveling, we will be diverging from the main route down short segments of washed-out roads that will require a capable vehicle. Any vehicle with high clearance and 4-wheel drive is welcome, as well as sportier compact vehicles with all-wheel drive and some ground clearance. (Examples: Subaru Crosstreks, Honda CRVs.) Good tires are essential.
All genders welcome. No pets due to possible high temperatures and the ubiquitous presence of foxtail and cheat grasses.
Possible weather forecast: average daily highs of 82°F and nightly lows of 49°F. The chance that it could rain on this trip is 25%. The chance it could snow is 5%.
Cancellation policy: A full refund will be given if a participant cancels 3 weeks or more before the start date of the trip. Cancellation made within the 3 week window leading up to the trip will be given full credit towards a future trip, but no refunds will be made. Please consider this before signing up.
Postponement: Alison reserves the right to postpone and cancel trips if hazards such as wildfire, heavy smoke, or flooding jeopardizes group safety. In this scenario, all trip members will be given full credit towards a future trip. Alison does her best to schedule trips outside of wildfire season.
Permits: Alison is a licensed and bonded Outfitter Guide in the state of Oregon. Permits are acquired through the Bureau of Land Management - Vale Office.