Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway

Take a trip on the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway and embark on a one-of-a-kind desert adventure. Journey through picturesque desert landscapes and juniper woodlands, all while taking in the breathtaking views of the Owyhee Mountains. Plan a little detour around the byway to visit Bruneau Dunes State Park or Silver City–one of Idaho’s fascinating ghost towns.


101 miles
162.5 km

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8 hours

When to Visit

Early Summer & Fall

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Road Trip Tips

Turn-by-Turn Directions: The route begins 80 miles southwest of Boise and can be reached from the east on Idaho 78 near Grand View or from the west through Jordan Valley, Oregon

Road Conditions: Mostly one to one-and-a-half lanes of gravel road

Partial services in: Grand View and Jordan Valley, Oregon. Restaurants in Bruneau.

Partial services: When gas and a few other facilities are available

Nearby Adventures

As you’re cruising along Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway, enjoy the mountain and desert views and consider taking a detour to check out Silver City, Bruneau Dunes State Park and other nearby attractions.

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Travel Tips

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