Owyhee County

            Field  Trips

Come explore Owyhee County history with us! The museum hosts exciting field trips throughout the county and surrounding areas May through September.

Upcoming Trips

Check out the 2024 Field Trips below! We have a great line up this year. We hope you can join us for one of these trips.

The trips are always free and donations are appreciated. Most times we will have our mobile restroom trailer with us. We also do a potluck lunch that everyone can pitch in on.

April 20th: A Visit to the Titan Missile Silo Site

Time 9am

  • Meet at the Museum. Since this trip was only partially completed last season, we will finish it this year. First coffee, donuts and a quick recap of the Titan program and a review of the underground schematic of a Titan I missile complex. Then we’ll head to US Ecology’s site for a presentation by one of their staff on the history and stories on the missile site here in Owyhee County. Please no pets on this trip and we will be in US Ecology vans for the site tour.

 

 

May 22nd: Tour of the Owyhee Dam

time: 12pm

  • We will meet at the Owyhee Dam Park on the west side of the river below the dam at 12 noon for a potluck lunch and then tour the dam at 1:30pm. A visit to the Glory Hole and the Siphon system along with an inside tour of the dam.

 

June 15th:Tour of the Star and Brace Ranches

time: 9am

  • Meet at the Sinclair Station in Jordan Valley. Brian Reynolds, a grandson of the Brace family, will lead this tour of two remote ranches in the Owyhee desert. We’ll take the Backcountry Byway for 1 1/2 hrs then head south and other 30 minutes toward Deep Creek. Brian and friends will give us some history of both ranches, point out architectural detail of the buildings and talk about ranching way out yonder. We’ll have a potluck lunch at the Star Ranch, then head back. You can return to Jordan Valley, or take the byway out to Grand View.

 

July 19th: Tour of the Owyhee County Museum

time: 4pm

  • Meet at the museum. Museum director Eriks Garsvo will give us a tour of ALL the museum has to offer, now and into the future. Then stick around and at 6:00 pm, the Historical Society will be offering their Ice Cream Social. This should be an informative, and tasty evening!

 

August

time

No tour scheduled.

Sept. 21st:Traveling the Skinner Wagon Road

time: 9am

Meet at the Idaho Hotel in Silver City. This one got washed out last year and we’ll try again. Mike Hanley will be giving us the historical highlights of the old Skinner Toll Road that went from Silver City to Rome, OR. We’ll stop to have a potluck lunch and the Hanley Ranch, have a chance to see Mike’s collection of 30 or so wagons, that will soon be coming to the museum! Then we’ll continue through Jordan Valley and on to Inskip Station near Danner, OR.

Oct. 12th Tour of the FLint Townsite and Mine Ruins

time: TBD

  • More to come in a later newsletter. If anyone has contacts about the history or current status of the site please contact Michael Ciscell, 208-550-5263.