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Beautiful Drive

What a wonderful day drive. Up and Down the Snake river, Past multiple dams, no-one on the road... read more

Reviewed April 15, 2019
Michael K
Star, Idaho, United States
Down to the Bottom..

We didn't think we could drive down to the bottom of the canyon, by the river. And it wasn't easy... read more

Reviewed March 20, 2019
Olympia, United States
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This 218-mile route between LaGrande and Baker City, which goes from river’s edge to mountaintop to valley floor, has been designated an All-American Road and one of America's premier scenic routes.
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Reviewed April 15, 2019

What a wonderful day drive. Up and Down the Snake river, Past multiple dams, no-one on the road. What a fantastic day. Make sure to stop at some of the historical sites and read about our history.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Michael K
Reviewed March 20, 2019

We didn't think we could drive down to the bottom of the canyon, by the river. And it wasn't easy. But it was certainly worth the exploration. What an adventure. We can understand why Evil Kneivel wanted to jump this canyon, way back when. It's...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed February 5, 2019

Being an Oregonian, we where proud of this well developed recreational site located in the Wallowa-Whitman Forest. It’s located on a route called Hells Canyon Scenic Byway or Wallowa Loop Road, heartland of the Wallowa Mountains. For us, traveling from Enterprise, this turned out to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Deepwaterblue13
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Left Baker City for Halfway, Copperfield and Hells Canyon on the Snake River. The road approaching and past Halfway has a number of lateral cracks in the surface otherwise its good. Best windy bits are past Copperfield however road ends at the last dam wall....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Graham D
Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful country surrounded by snow capped mountain ranges. Road is excellent, pastoral sights of cattle herds.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Falleur
Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

We started in La Grande and followed it to Joseph and all of that was Farms and Grasslands then we took 39 out of Joseph and it entered the forest following a rough, patched up windy road for 43 miles with the same identical view...More

Date of experience: September 2017
5  Thank tonyk744
Reviewed August 24, 2017

With the Snake River running high, the Hells Canyon Dam was very impressive. The drive to the dam and the visitor center was very picturesque. We even saw a bear on the road. The road was paved to the end.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Candy H
Reviewed August 9, 2016

Drove the road to the dam...spectacular scenery...only a few towns on the way but as you approach the dam the cliffs rising from the green hued water against the blue sky is not to be missed...we wondered what it would be like to come in...More

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank Ron T
Reviewed July 9, 2016

This is a must! Someone said can't do in a day-nonsense I went to from Baker City to Hells Canyon,back to route 39, up to Joseph,and back to Baker City in a easy day. Someone else said it was frightening,not true easy drive. I have...More

Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank Dave H
Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We did this drive in one day from Baker City and back. Too much for one day, I would recommend doing it in 2-3 days. The Hells Canyon Overlook was a scary drive for me but the view was gorgeous! For National forest service roads...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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May 23, 2017|
Response from silverspurs54 |
Hess road is a steep and unpaved road. It's more of an SUV/Jeep high clearance road. I wouldn't take a sedan or low clearance vehicle on it.