• getting down to the stream from here is steep but requires no climbing

Whats down there?

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A tributary to the Owyhee River. This is one of my favorite spots in the west - mostly because its not featured in guidebooks or any literature whatsoever. Desert excellence.

My first trip to this canyon, I never got to see the narrows. It was the end of March and the main Owyhee was flowing at 8,000 cfs and chocolate brown. 8,000 is big for this river, I think the return interval is like 1 in 5 years for that volume of flow. So anyhow, the canyon was ice cold and had some deep rapids - no wading there!

The giant stone pillars are made of rhyolite tuff and are the result of differential weathering. In other words, the rocks are eroding according to the pattern of weakness in the structure.. Unlike the basalt more common to southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, rhyolitic lava flows can be up to 300 feet thick. In this region, the flows are around 15-18 million years old (Miocene) and correspond with the initial appearance of the Yellowstone hotspot.

Kahlee Spiritdancing, merrittglenn, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. ninja_doho 70 months ago | reply

    I wonder where it leads! What does it look like inside? Oh, my curiosity is piqued, but who knows when I'll be in the area, again! My love for slot canyons grows.

  2. Walks On Rocks 70 months ago | reply

    glad I caught your interest. finding these big owyhee canyons isn't for the faint of heart though - be warned!

  3. Kahlee Spiritdancing 69 months ago | reply

    Wow! This looks like an incredible place.

  4. norm II 58 months ago | reply

    Where is this exactly. I grew up in the heart of Canyon Lands.i.e. Moab 1954-1960.

  5. christopher_p 58 months ago | reply

    I could get lost in there! Awesome!

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Caught My Eye, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. Forgotten Heritage Photography 58 months ago | reply

    What a fab place to explore!

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