Packing for your Trip

Heading out into the Owyhee? Here’s a few things to remember about this vast, beautiful, remote area. 


  1.  It’s a good idea to carry water in your vehicle no matter what. If you’ll be camping or packing near reliable water (such as the Owyhee River), bring a filter. If you’re going into more rugged country with less reliable water sources, bring a handkerchief to filter before you filter! 

  2. Hard maps, a compass (know how to use them together) AND a reliable GPS device. And always, always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. 

  3. For added peace of mind, consider a messaging/SOS/locator such as a Garmin InReach or similar device, because you’ll seldom have any cell service. 

  4. Plan for the elements as they can be highly changeable out here in the desert. A seemingly clear sky can turn to a hailstorm very quickly, and the roads in and out of the Owyhee turn to “gumbo” when wet. Unexpected “gullywashers” can potentially block your exit for hours even if you can’t see where the rain came from. 

  5.  On that note, be sure to bring clothing/gear that can manage those unexpected weather changes... always have extra food/shelter/warmth for emergencies. 

  6.  Extra tires: yeah, we mean real ones! Not just your spare doughnut... Owyhee rocks are sharp and roads can be quite rough. Don’t take your vehicle down any road you’re not absolutely sure it can handle or back out of.


Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list of what you’ll need out there. Ultimately, you’ll use common sense, talk to others who’ve taken the route you’re planning, and ask questions.


Ok, don’t forget your camera/binoculars, leave no trace, and go enjoy YOUR wild Owyhee! 

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