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The Gemstone Owyhee Picture Jasper
Owyhee Jasper is a colorful and popular picture jasper that probably derives its name from the Owyhee River. This material has been offered under several trade names including. Owyhee Jasper Agate, Owyhee Junction Jasper, Owyhee Picture Jasper, Owyhee Picture Rock. It has also been known as the "King"of Picture Jaspers.
Owyhee Jasper is basically petrified mud. There are three jasper mines within a mile of each other, the LED, Wildhorse and Rocky Butte. The Classic Owyhee Jasper has a wide variety of patterns and shapes. Known for its bright colored scenic patterns with and without blue sky. This jasper depicts desert scenes, high mountain ranges, winding roads and meadows or even the seas. Owyhee picture jasper is a natural wonder depicting the great beauty of the earth it was born in.
Owyhee Picture Jasper comes from the
Owyhee mountain area, situated on the
Idaho-Oregon border. Along US 95 just
south of Homedale Idaho.
The Owyhee River begins in northern
Nevada and flows north. Close to the
Oregon - Idaho border.
It eventually empties into the Snake Rive
just south of Nyssa, Oregon. About 25
miles northwest of Jordan Valley, Oregon.
The river abruptly turns east for several
miles, makes several loops and then turns
north again. It finally flows into the Owyhee
Reservoir. This is Eastern Oregon's high
desert country in Malheur county.
Many types of picture jasper, plume agate,
petrified wood, rhyolite, colored agates and
saginites come from this area. This area is
loaded with fun stuff. This area even spills
over into Humboldt County, Nevada.
So you will see this same information on many of our pages. Just as a general reference to this fantastic area. We aren't as familiar with the exact digging areas as folks like Oregon Rockhounds Online http://OreRockOn.com If you are planning a trip to dig in this area. You may want to click the above link. They have detailed travel instructions and some very nice pictures of these areas