Desert Region

A desert trip that's anything but dry. Explore crags and caves. Fish for blue-ribbon browns and 'bows. Or try your hand at sand surfing. It's here in Southwest Idaho's desert region, a beautiful mix of stark beauty, tranquility, and adventure.

Explore The Owyhees

The Owhyee Mountains and the surrounding area is full of surprises. Out here, the desert unveils a quiet oasis precisely where you don’t expect. And that night sky? You’ve never seen that many stars.

So grab your ATV, motorcycle or hiking boots and get out there!

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Bruneau Sand Dunes

Explore thetallest single-structured sand dune in North America at Bruneau Dunes State Park. with a peak rising 470 feet above a refreshing (and fishable) pond, the scenery is great and the smiles come easy.

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Silver City

A visit to Silver City is like stepping back into the Old West. This once thriving mining town is now somewhere between a weekend getaway and ghost town.

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Birds of Prey

The World Center for Birds of Prey is set on the rim of the Snake River south of Boise on the edge of the desert. Come to see and learn about these magnificent animals. Check their calendar for the latest special events.

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Follow the Oregon Trail

History comes alive through Southwest Idaho’s desert region. Nowhere is this true at the several stops where you can get up close and personal with remnants of this important port of Idaho’s — and the entire West’s — history.

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  • 5 Reasons to Explore Idaho’s Owyhee Desert

    5 Reasons to Explore Idaho’s Owyhee Desert

    In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey from the Owyhee desert’s southernmost, wildest landscapes all the way to the northern edge of the region

  • HWY 55 Guide

    HWY 55 Guide

    Hwy 55 — the essential Idaho road trip that takes you from sandy desert to green mountain views.

  • Idaho Motorcycle Guide

    Idaho Motorcycle Guide

    From the remote Owyhees to Downtown Boise to the famous Hells Canyon, Southwest Idaho is the wide open country that motorcyclists dream of.

  • Small Town Travels

    Small Town Travels

    Southwest Idaho’s full of hidden gems. Don’t miss out on these small towns. They’ve got big celebrations — and big fun.

  • 11 Fishing Holes in Southwest Idaho

    11 Fishing Holes in Southwest Idaho

    All you can hear is the sound of the river, the wind and the birds as you cast a line into the clear water.

  • 6 Wide-Open Spaces

    6 Wide-Open Spaces

    When the urge to shut off your phone, pack up the car, and search for big skies becomes unbearable, Southwest Idaho will be waiting. There’s a haunting beauty to be discovered here.