Honeycombs from Owyhee Reservoir, Malheur County, Oregon
Linear-leafed Phacelia
Honeycombs, Malheur County, Oregon
Entry to the Honeycombs from the northest View of the hills east of the Honeycombs from inside a hole created by wind erosion. East side of the Honeycombs, Malheur County, Oregon

The Honeycombs are scenic geological structures in the Owyhee Watershed, Malheur County, Oregon, USA.  The Honeycombs lie on the east side of the Owyhee Reservoir.  They were formed by volcanic activity followed by wind and water erosion.

There is access by boat.  Travel south on the Owyhee Reservoir from the boat launches near the dam or travel north from the boat launch at Leslie Gulch.  Arriving at the Honeycombs, there is a ravine that rounds the south end of the formations that affords access.  To explore the east side of the Honeycombs, follow the bottom of the ravine.  Be careful to protect the formations, carry out your trash, and follow personal safety precautions.  There is no drinking water.

There is difficult access by four wheeled drive vehicle and then by foot from the northeast of the formation. 

Wildflowers are common at certain times of the year, including Linear-leafed Phacelia 1 linear-leafed Phacelia and purple sage.  For more on regional vegetation see our vegetation database.

The land is administered by the Vale District Bureau of Land Management.  No motorized vehicle traffic is allowed.  The US Bureau of Reclamation land on the east side of the reservoir adjoining the Honeycombs has a campsite at the north end of Bensley Flat.
Decending into the Honeycombs, Malheur County, Oregon
Purple sage blooming in the Honeycombs, Malheur County, Oregon

Honeycombs access from Owyhee Reservoir photo gallery

Honeycombs access from the northeast by foot photo gallery

Links to other information

Scenic attractions

Owyhee River country

Leslie Gulch, Oregon,   Leslie Gulch photo gallery
Map of locations of some of the scenic attractions in the vicinity of Leslie Gulch and Succor Creek
Succor Creek State Park, Oregon    Succor Creek photo gallery
Owyhee Uplands, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada   Owyhee aerial photo gallery
Owyhee River, Oregon   Lower Owyhee River photo gallery
Snively Hot Springs on the Lower Owyhee River photo gallery
Owyhee Dam, Oregon, photo gallery
Owyhee Reservoir, Oregon, photo gallery
Carlton Canyon, Oregon      Carlton Canyon photo gallery
Honeycombs, Oregon          Honeycombs photo gallery 1, gallery 2
Painted Canyon, Oregon      Painted Canyon photo gallery
Three Fingers Rock, Oregon
Three Fingers Gulch, Oregon photo gallery
Long Gulch photo gallery
Hole in the Ground photo gallery
Birch Creek photo gallery
Jordan Craters, Oregon photo gallery
Pillars of Rome, Oregon photo gallery
Antelope Reservoir photo gallery
Alvord Desert photo gallery
Twin Springs to Dry Creek Oregon, photo gallery
Dry Creek to Crowley photo gallery

Malheur River country

Malheur Butte, Oregon, photo gallery
Beulah Reservoir, Oregon
Juntura Hot Springs, Oregon, photo gallery
Chukar Park, Oregon, photo gallery
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, Oregon  Strawberry Lake and Falls photo gallery

Other areas nearby

Big Lookout Mountain, Oregon, photo gallery
Steens Mountain photo
Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon
Sagehen Reservoir, Idaho photo gallery
Duck Lake, Idaho photo gallery
Snowslide Lake, Idaho, photo gallery
Celebration Park, Idaho, photo gallery
Givens Hot Springs, Idaho
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho, photo gallery
Weiser River Trail, Idaho, photo gallery