Tucked away on the east side of Owyhee Reservoir is a land of striking beauty. In the dry canyons of this desert country are a collection of oddly shaped rock pinnacles, towers, and cliffs painted in a colorful array of browns, reds, and oranges. In spring, especially after a wet winter, the sagebrush and grasses turn green, and wildflowers like balsam root and paintbrush add yellows, reds and other colors to the scene. Hikers familiar with the canyonlands of southern Utah will feel right at home.
From the south end of the cliffs, you walk up a scenic draw that heads initially south and then loops around to the northeast. This gulch goes through the heart of the "Honeycombs"--a spectacular region with a dizzying display of colorful rock formations, many pockmarked with holes and small caves. The north side of the canyon is particularly impressive.
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