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Owyhee River Trip Itinerary
Pre-Trip – Our Trip originates in Boise, Idaho. We meet the evening before, providing an orientation and discussion about your upcoming Owyhee River adventure.
Day 1 â€“ Your journey begins at 7:30 a.m. with a drive to the Owyhee River Canyon, Rome Bridge. We pass lush farm lands, a historic stage stop and an entrance into the Owyhee canyon with a view of the â€œRoman Columnsâ€ huge stone pinnacles carved by historic river currents, wind and rain. Weâ€™ll float through few rapids this first day, but see enormous geological changes and a marvelous canyon entrance. We camp along the riverâ€™s edge on one of many natural beaches.
Day 2 â€“ Enjoy a pot of coffee, made with freshly ground beans, a hearty breakfast and lets get going! With a wonderful Owyhee Canyon to explore we begin our day early. The currents speed up throughout the day and you will enjoy rapids like, Bulls Eye, Jayâ€™s Rapid and Artillery, while the canyon walls fascinate us with its â€œWeeping Wallâ€, spring flora and resident wildlife.
Day 3 â€“ What would you like to do today? Choose to sit and soak in natural hot springs or maybe explore â€œRustlers Roostâ€ & Chalk Basin. View the wondrous spires, hoodoos, and columns from the river or hike and explore as much or as little as you wish.
Day 4 â€“ Just when you thought you have seen it all, the canyon walls narrows yet again and the walls protrude even higher as you enter Iron Creek Gorge, a truly breathtaking wilderness canyon. Still more rapids await us, with Montgomery Rapids getting the bulk of our rowing attention. Explore natural caverns and multiple Native American Petroglyphs sites and float by protruding rock walls rising 1900 feet above the river will fill a tremendous day.
Day 5 â€“ For our final day the canyon opens slightly as we raft by old homesteads inhabited by hearty souls of Basque origin. The Owyhee River bends around the old â€œPinnacle Ranchâ€ where historic buildings and water wheels still stand. Further downstream our take-out awaits, either Leslie Gulch or Birch Creek, depending on weather and road conditions. We end our trip with a 2-hour shuttle back to Boise, Idaho.