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Take This Road To Nowhere In Idaho To Get Away From It All

Nearly everyone who has lived in Idaho for any length of time has told someone that they live “in the middle of nowhere.” A few years ago, an analysis of major US roads, metropolitan areas, and airstrips discovered that the middle of nowhere is in fact in Idaho, a fact which data graphic maker Vizual Statistix compiled into a unique set of isolation maps.

Tucked away in Owyhee County in the Southwest corner of our beautiful panhandled state is seemingly the very definition of isolation itself – expansive high dessert countryscape, miles and miles away from civilization with little but sagebrush and wildflowers for company. But, this surprisingly beautiful stretch of nowhereness is uniquely accessible to those with a bit of determination and a thirst for adventure…and this one backcountry road will take you straight into the heart of it.

But be warned, there are a few things to consider before tackling this incredible adventure. As the most isolated area in the country, emergency services are nonexistent. Be especially prepared for car trouble, flats, etc. and bring extra food and water with you on your journey, as well as means of shade. Use the BLM’s Owyhee Uplands guide as a reference, but attempt at your own risk! Round trip from Boise, this is a lengthy full-day drive.

Where’s your favorite “road to nowhere” in Idaho? Have you ever traveled the entire Owyhee Uplands Byway?

For more adventures, check out this historic backcountry road trip, or this near-perfect road trip, which was named as one of National Geographic‘s “Top 100 Scenic Drives.”

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and cat enthusiast who digs Idaho sunsets and spontaneous nature walks. When not basking in Idaho's awesomeness for Only In Your State, you can find me lovingly concocting environmental goodness at TheBlueReview.org.