Never traveled on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway? Here's a really good taste of what you can experience. The Oregon Department of Transportation film crew came through a little while ago and shot a lot of footage to create this comprehensive video about the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. What's nice about this particular video is you'll see the byway in all seasons.
It's a little bit lengthy at 8 minutes, but it really takes that long to see the scenery and some of the sights along the way. I'm thrilled they included a scene from the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts (3:58), our juried fine art show that takes place every first weekend of June here in Joseph Oregon. And there are scenes from Hells Canyon Mule Days (3:04) that takes place every weekend after Labor Day in September in Enterprise Oregon (the weekend after the first Monday of September). You'll even have quick view of one of your Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast innkeepers in the introduction (0:57)--it's amazing what sorts of things I get roped into doing for our area!
You'll find other posts on our Bronze Antler blog about things you can see along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway--just type "Hells Canyon" (without the quotes) in the blog's search box and a whole list of them will appear. This image is of Harle Butte, one of the historic staffed fire lookouts along the rim of Hells Canyon. It's at the end of a dirt road leading from the byway and a fabulous view (recommended for trucks and other higher clearance vehicles).
Just a reminder: the center section of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (Forest Road 39 or the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road) is seasonal--it usually closes in early November and doesn't open again until May or June depending upon snowpack. If you're planning to drive the entire Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, check in with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Office at (541) 426-4978 or 426-5546 or by visiting their website
And be sure to call us to see about your Hells Canyon lodging while you're on your trip. Our phone is (541) 432-0230 or visit our website for more information.
See you along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway!