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Baker County Tourism – 3019

Oregon’s Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is a loop that encircles the Wallowa Mountains, beginning and ending at Baker City. Small towns along the way including Richland, and Halfway, offer visitor services and a chance to explore small town Americana While exploring a diverse and scenic landscape including the deepest river gorge in North America, lush valley’s, rolling farmlands, and the spectacular Wallowa Mountains.

The diverse geography is also home to a wide variety of wildlife including deer, bear, eagles, waterfowl, bighorn sheep and the occasional coyote, to name a few, making this scenic drive a must for wildlife enthusiasts.

The entire route is on a paved highway. Plan ahead - you'll find stretches of more than eighty miles without gas and with few services. A segment of the Byway between Joseph and Halfway closes with snow in winter, but allows access to winter recreation areas, offering a whole other kind of Northeast Oregon Adventure.

Hwy 86 between Baker City and the Hells Canyon Dam at the bottom of the canyon is open year round providing visitors access to the deepest river gorge in North America and some of the best winter Steelhead fishing in the North West .


To download a map of the Hells Canyon Byway and more information about this beautiful scenic drive visit


For more information about the Hells Canyon Scenic byways or other Baker County, scenic drives, events and attractions, visit the Baker County tourism website at


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Taken on August 19, 2011