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#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016: Take the Backroads, Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway | by mypubliclands
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#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016: Take the Backroads, Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway

We’re kicking off the weekend at the rugged Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway in Idaho. #mypubliclandsroadtrip


The Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway, known locally as Mud Flat Road, is the primary access to central Owyhee County. From there, many other roads and primitive vehicle routes access more remote areas, including four Wilderness areas and three Wild and Scenic Rivers.


The Byway traverses 91 miles in Idaho and 12 miles in Oregon. A round-trip excursion on the Byway from Boise takes a full day. This graveled road can be traveled by most passenger vehicles during the summer. The road traverses relatively flat to gently rolling topography, but short grades can be encountered. Due to the fragile nature of the soils and vegetation, please keep all vehicles on the roadway. Traveling on an all-terrain vehicles is not allowed here, and all motorized vehicles must have registered license plates.


Photo by Aaron Cowan.

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Taken on September 4, 2010