Virtual Guidebook to Northern and Central Nevada
Owyhee River and North Humboldt River
between Elko and Duck Valley Nevada


The Owhyhee and Humboldt Rivers both originate in northeastern Nevada, but flow in opposite directions. The Owyhee (named for Hawaii, from some Gold Rush era Kanakas) heads north to the Snake River, passing through Duck Valley and some very remote high desert country.

The North Humboldt River flows south to join the main Humboldt River that forms the great east-west corridor across the state.



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The Owyhee River runs through the southern part of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation.

(July 25, 2005)


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Wildhorse Crossing, site of a campground on the Owyhee River, in the gorge south of Duck Valley.

(July 24, 2005)


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Wild Horse Reservoir, source of the Owyhee River, which flows north through high desert to the Snake River.

(July 24, 2005)


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Road leading to the PX Cattle Company, a classic high desert ranch.

(July 24, 2005)


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A minor gorge on the North Humboldt River, precious water in an arid landscape.

(July 24, 2005)


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Remote country and rugged cliffs near water provide ideal nesting habitat for raptors along the North Humboldt River .

(July 24, 2005)


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High desert near Adobe Summit.

(July 24, 2005)


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