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02 – Snake River Birds of Prey Overlook

The Dedication Point overlook is a great place to see the Snake River’s famous birds of prey. It’s located on the rim of the Snake River Canyon, 400 feet above the river.

The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area also has many birds of prey. The area’s cliffs, which are up to 700 feet tall, have many ledges, cracks, and crevices where raptors nest. About 800 pairs of hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls nest in the desert plateau and lava cliffs. Some birds of prey that can be found in the Snake River include: Prairie Falcons, American Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Western Screech-owls.

Coordinates: 43.29791, -116.43377
Elevation: 2780 ft
Difficulty:
2
What to expect: Well maintained gravel roads right up until last 500 feet where it turns to a mild trail. Hike the last 500 feet to the destination if needed.

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KaptSlow

The ride was easy, but finding the location took me a while.

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JRATZ

Cool view

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KTM 500
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Mteichert32

Nice view

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Honda africa twin
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Ed Torrey

It’s been a couple of years since I had the husky out. The cheat grass is getting tall.

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TE450
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Dave Dunn

Fun ride and a beautiful view. My wife and I came from the Swan Falls side. We followed the cement ditch west, as Dan Hutch mentioned. It’s quite the steep drop off at the cliff’s edge.

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Tenere 700
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Mrs. Dunn

Dave and I came in from the Swan Falls side. Being a less-experienced rider, I walked the last 500 meters to the overlook, but having seen it now, I think I could have ridden it just fine. I have not been here before, but I hope to come back. The view is spectacular!

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Yamaha XT250
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NjD

Beautiful and dramatic! Didn’t take the easy way in (unintentionally) and bushwhacked our way through waist high grasses until we popped out to the access road. Damn, riding through that tall grass was surreal.
Amazing views of the Snake River and the interesting geography of the area.

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KTM 890R
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BB445

Rode in from the west off of South McDermott Rd/W Victory Lane so had to do a bit of route finding to get onto the correct dirt path. The quick and easy route, as mentioned by others, would be to come in from the Swan Falls road approach. Cool overlook as you can look SE, up river, and see the Wees Ranch location. Level 1 if you come from Swan Falls Rd side; 2 if you come from Victory road side only because route is not obvious.

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890R
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Nerdy Biker

Finally after missing this one by a couple of hundred yards last time…learning more and more about GAIA each time. Just went on a whim late afternoon on 5/18. Still got there the long way but that’s part of the adventure. Took the short way out at least. The short way is to just turn right at the left turn of swan falls road and go in that way take the third? left and it will take you right there. I took West Victory Lane all the way down till it turns north and went south there on the dirt road from there. Yeah not the shortest way but still fun.

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Africa Twin
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Boltupright

Ride is a a little harder is you come in from the west and kinda work your way around the rim. From the east really straight foreword. A Camper Van was parked right on the overlook. Said they had a great View of the Aurora the night before. I bet.

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BMW R1250 ADV
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Trent01

Beautiful spring afternoon.

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GSA 1200
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Idabiker

Been here many times!

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KLR 650 2008
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chatty

The last 1/2 mile track was a bit dusty, but easy. We tried to go out the alternate route, but there was a locked gate by the road so we had to backtrack. i.e. go out the same way you came in 🙂

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Norden
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jbanks

Bandanna left in other bike. So not sure if this counts. But…

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KLR650
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Robert

Very nice view everything was nice and green. Easy to get to off of Swan falls road.

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KTM 890 Adventure R
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foolhardy

Malibu Stacy and I had yet another nice afternoon ride and collected a couple more challenge sites.

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KLR 650
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MalibuStacy

Luckily Foolhardy knew where to turn off the main road to find this awesome view of the Snake River. We took two different hard packed dirt roads to see the sights off the cliffs then went down the Swan Falls dam before heading back to Caldwell through Melba then around the south side of Lake Lowell.

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Yamaha TW200
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jsk83687

Cool spot to look down on the river. If you get the chance and have a few spare minutes stop at the Pointe Fire Memorial on the way.

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Husky 901e
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Dougiethenoo

Well I’m upset that the lat/long copied into satnav tried to take me to the river a mile or so west of the dedication site parking lot. Thinking the parking lot at the side of a paved road did not match the description of a well maintained gravel road, I rode back and forth on Victory lane trying to find this nonexistent gravel road. And failed to get a photo at the actual site. But I did get a screen shot of my ride to it.

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R1200GS
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Alex Crane

Never knew this was here. Normally I’m not afraid of heights, but walking up to the cliff gave me the willies.

I also broke my all time record for peeing-for-distance. So hooray for that.

The best road to take coming in wasn’t on my map, so I switched to Satellite view and marked in it red.

This is a bit harder than a 2, (well kept gravel) but not quite a 3 either. I’d call it a 2.5.

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R1200GS
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silverspurs

very nice site… reminds me a bit of Toroweep on the Grand Canyon… except Toroweep is 3000′ straight down to the river… here it’s more like 300′ but still very nice!

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Yamaha xt 250
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ShaneV

Super cool spot, and I never knew there were so many off road trails off the side of this road!

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Africa Twin
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FW190Pilot

Wow what a stunning view! I’ve been up and down Swan Falls Rd since 1994 and never knew this spot existed. I guess that’s the point of this Challenge. Beautiful views! Great choice for a Challenge site.

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BMW R1250GSA
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englund

Nice view

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DR650
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Caleb Forrey

Timed it just right!

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Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
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NormOps

Nice view of the snake river.

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Tiger 800
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BobbyRay208

Finished off my sunday ride with a nice view of the snake river. This was looking south to the swan falls dam. There were a few puddles to go around and dirt was moist and packed.

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Tiger 800
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Justin Wilke

A beautiful view to end a 200 mile afternoon.

I forgot to add it my check in picture, and I don’t see an option when I edit my comment. Instead I have put my check in picture in the reply to this post.

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DR650
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Dan Huff

Turn off of S Swan Falls Rd at 43.29959, -116.41417 and go west along cement ditch. The unimproved dirt road was easy going. Views are fabulous and the cliff is scary.

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KTM 890 R
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