Welcome to Leslie Gulch Area of Critical Environmental Concern!
Towering cliffs painted in desert hues and honeycombed rock formations sculpted over millions
of years for the landscape of this remote region. The unique soils here support a number of rare
plant species, including two that are only found in the Leslie Gulch Drainage. Mule deer, California
bighorn sheep, Rocky mountain elk, coyotes, and bobcats all call this area home. Birders can
spot chukar, raptors, California quail, and more over these 11,000 acres. The striking geology and
unique opportunity to spot plant and wildlife make Leslie Gulch the perfect area to set up camp
and get away from it all.
Know before you go
overnight backpacking and horses are not allowed in the Area of Critical
Environmental Concern. Vehicles are limited to existing roads and parking areas.
camping and fires are limited to the Slocum Creek campground. Maximum
stay is 14 days. Collection of vegetation, rocks and firewood is prohibited.
Drinking water is not available. Toilets are available.
flash floods, wet roads or winter conditions can make the road
impassable—high-clearance vehicles are recommended. Large
recreational vehicles are not recommended.
Leslie Gulch is located east of the Owyhee Reservoir in Malheur County, Oregon. From
Highway 95 in Idaho, go west 8 miles on McBride Creek Road to Rockville, then 1 mile
north to Leslie Gulch Road and 15 miles west. You can also take Succor Creek Road
from either Oregon Highway 201 or US Highway 95 to the Leslie Gulch Road Junction.
100 Oregon Street
Vale, OR 97918
Geology and wildlife: The Leslie Gulch Tuff makes
up the bulk of the volcanic formations. The area
is also home to more than 200 California bighorn
sheep, reintroduced in 1965.