Ontario, Lake Owyhee, Vale Loop

Nyssa, Oregon

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A 102-mile-round trip through a variety of agribusiness fields along an Oregon Trail route to a rugged canyon and scenic lake. Starting in Ontario, the drive begins by traveling through rich agricultural lands then weaves through a rocky canyon and climbs a bit as it approaches Lake Owyhee. A rim drive around the lake’s eastern shore offers spectacular views of the lake surrounded by steep, colorful cliffs. Returning through the canyon, the drive follows the route of the Oregon Trail north into dry rolling hills described by a pioneer as ”a barren, God forsaken country, fit for nothing but to receive the foot prints of the savage and his universal associate the coyote.” From Vale back to Ontario, the route cuts through more of the 300,000 acres of desert that have been transformed by irrigation into fields producing seventy-eight diversified crops. Special attractions: Oregon Trail route, ruts, and campsites; Colorful rock formations; Lake Owyhee, rock hounding water skiing, boating, and fishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Oregon

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Scenic Driving Oregon

by Tom Barr (Falcon Guides)

A 102-mile-round trip through a variety of agribusiness fields along an Oregon Trail route to a rugged canyon and scenic lake. Starting in Ontario, the drive begins by traveling through rich agricultural lands then weaves through a rocky canyon and climbs a bit as it approaches Lake Owyhee. A rim drive around the lake’s eastern shore offers spectacular views of the lake surrounded by steep, colorful cliffs. Returning through the canyon, the drive follows the route of the Oregon Trail north into dry rolling hills described by a pioneer as ”a barren, God forsaken country, fit for nothing but to receive the foot prints of the savage and his universal associate the coyote.” From Vale back to Ontario, the route cuts through more of the 300,000 acres of desert that have been transformed by irrigation into fields producing seventy-eight diversified crops. Special attractions: Oregon Trail route, ruts, and campsites; Colorful rock formations; Lake Owyhee, rock hounding water skiing, boating, and fishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Nyssa
Distance: 102
Season: Year-round, although some attractions closed in winter
Local Contacts: Nyssa Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
Driving Directions: Directions to Ontario, Lake Owyhee, Vale Loop

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May 2018