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Owyhee Front

Monday, November 29, 2021

Other Names

Hemingway Butte, Rabbit Creek, Fossil Creek, Wilson Peak, Squaw Butte, Reynolds Creek Rd, Windy Point

Last Known StatusOpen

Owyhee Front consists of tight canyons, sand washes and hundreds of miles of trails. A 200 acre open play area is located adjacent to the Hemingway Butte Trailhead which has hill climbs and makeshift motocross tracks.

There are over nine trailheads to choose from which feature flat, gravel parking, loading ramps and vault toilets, but no shade or water. There is no fee charged to camp or ride but dirt bikes and ATVs must have a current Idaho OHV sticker, which can be purchased online or at nearby Dan's Ferry Services.

Summers can be very hot and dusty, so bring plenty of water. Nearby Lowell Lake offers boating and swimming opportunities.

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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident registration sticker must be purchased. (As of January 2020, Idaho no longer honors stickers from other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingSome Areaspermitted at play area near Hemingway Butte Trailhead
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic


Approx Size400,000 acres (625 sq mi)
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2500 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Dan's Ferry Services (208) 495-2507
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Dan's Ferry Services (208) 495-2507
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Melba
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (N)Garrity RV Park (877) 442-9090
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (N)Garrity RV Park (877) 442-9090
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (E)KOA - Mountain Home (208) 587-5111
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Dan's Ferry Services (208) 495-2507




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityMelba, ID
AddressUpper Reynolds Creek Road, Melba, ID 83641
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Melba, ID
1) Take Hwy 45 south toward Hwy 78 junction
2) After crossing the Snake River veer left
3) Proceed about 0.7 miles
4) Turn right (west) on Upper Reynolds Creek Road
5) Continue about 2 miles, staging area will be on your left.


Contact InfoBLM - Owyhee Field Office
20 First Ave West
Marsing, ID 83639
(208) 896-5912
Contact InfoIdaho Parks And Recreation
5657 E Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 334-4197
CommentIdaho OHV Sticker Info


Owyhee Front Trail Photo

Owyhee Front Trail

Photo Submitted 6/17/2012 (Thanks!)

Owyhee Front Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Owyhee Front Trail

Photo Submitted 6/17/2012 (Thanks!)

Owyhee Front Trail Photo

OHV at Owyhee Front Trail

Photo Submitted 6/17/2012 (Thanks!)

Owyhee Front Trail Photo

Scenery from Owyhee Front Trail

Photo Submitted 6/17/2012 (Thanks!)

Owyhee Front Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Owyhee Front Trail

Photo Submitted 6/17/2012 (Thanks!)

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