America's Scenic Byways

Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway

103 miles - From Boise, it is an all-day trip.

Providing access to an excellent example of the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem, the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway in Idaho lies on 103 miles of gravel and paved roads. Follow the byway through the habitats of more than 180 birds and mammal species. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a coyote, bighorn sheep, or badger. In addition to wildlife, the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway also stretches alongside scenic geologic formations. Wonder at these monumental structures, plateaus, cliffs, and canyons, made from volcanic rock deposited over 8 million years ago and river systems still flowing today.