Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,265.00 ft (385.57 m)
Trail type
32.00 mi (51.50 km)
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Arritola Road to Rome is a 32-mile trek along the rim of Owyhee Canyon, following a significant portion of the rugged Oregon Desert Trail. This route allows hikers to traverse the unique and remote landscapes between Arritola Road and Rome, Oregon. It showcases the stark beauty of the high desert with its sagebrush sea, volcanic rock formations, and expansive open skies. Hikers can enjoy the quiet solitude of the Oregon backcountry, with landscapes highlighted by occasional springs, canyons, and breathtaking panoramic views.

The trail from Arritola Road typically follows dirt trails, faint jeep tracks, animal paths, primitive roads, and sometimes requires cross-country navigation. It is an adventure that you can tailor to your liking but requires strong navigation skills and the use of maps, rather than solely relying on a phone GPS.

As you embark, you will be surrounded by the tranquility found only in such remote places. The trail winds through ancient lava flows and past unique geological features, providing opportunities to observe wildlife that has adapted to the arid environment, including pronghorn antelope, jackrabbits, and a variety of raptors.

Progressing toward Rome, the landscape changes from flat, open basins to rugged, rocky outcrops. Water is a precious commodity along this trail; hikers should carefully plan, noting reliable water sources and carrying an adequate supply. The route offers little shade, so preparation for exposure to the elements is key.

The hike from Arritola Road to Rome, Oregon, along the Oregon Desert Trail offers a unique experience for those seeking solitude, adventure, and a profound connection with the high desert landscape. This route is a rewarding challenge for the well-prepared hiker and provides a distinctive opportunity to explore one of Oregon's most secluded regions.


  • Navigation skills are crucial; carry a detailed map, compass, and GPS device.

  • The terrain can be uneven and may include loose gravel; sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

  • Water sources are scarce; ensure you carry sufficient water for the entire hike.

  • Weather in the desert can vary greatly, with potential for cold nights and hot days. Dress in layers and use sun protection.

  • The trail's remoteness means that help could be far away. Pack a first-aid kit and inform someone of your itinerary and expected return time.

The access point on Arritola Road is remote. Hikers should check their vehicles are capable of handling potentially rough road conditions. Parking is usually available on the roadside.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round





Solitude. Canyon Views. River Views.


Minimal water and shade.

Trailhead Elevation

4,422.00 ft (1,347.83 m)

Highest point

4,422.00 ft (1,347.83 m)


Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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