This Hidden Destination In Idaho Is A Secret Only Locals Know About

Tucked away in Owyhee County, dozens of miles of dirt, gravel, and sagebrush away from civilization, the Bruneau River runs clear and turquoise through an austere gorge in the Southwest Idaho desert. Widely overlooked because of its remote location, this wild and scenic river is actually a spectacular desert paradise, originally named after Pierre Bruneau, an explorer with the Northwest Trading Co., who stumbled upon the region in the early 1800s.

And “stumbled upon” is an accurate assessment in this case! This vibrant red canyon is almost invisible until standing right on its rim, at which point it plunges over 800 feet to one of the country’s most isolated wild and scenic rivers. But far more unexpected than the river and canyon itself? The absolutely breathtaking hike you can take to the base of the gorge…and the mesmerizing landscape you’ll find once you reach the riverbed.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

What do you think? Would you ever take this daring hike to the base of one of Idaho’s wildest waterways?

For more unexpected adventures in the area, check out Idaho’s “Road to Nowhere” or hike this mesmerizing sculpture canyon. To explore some hidden destinations beyond southern Idaho’s rocky volcanic region, check out this journey to the center of Idaho, or explore the wonders of Idaho’s most incredible natural spring.