The road ends just beyond the dam, where there is an interpretive center. A trail into the lower canyon starts there. You can hike a short distance, but not all the way into the lower canyon. Two companies offer boat tours into the lower part of Hells Canyon. For the really adventurous, you can spend up to six days white water rafting down the canyon, or you can take a six-hour boat tour in a motor launch.
The other way into the canyon is by llama. That’s right, you can take a llama trek into Hells Canyon for several days.
IF YOU GO: Wear good hiking shoes and bring a jacket. Check the weather, as there is no shelter except for your vehicle.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer is best, but the road and canyon are open May to mid-October. CLOSED IN WINTER MONTHS.
Jurisdiction: Wallowa National Forest & Idaho Power Company
Last visit September, 2010
Very remote, but a very cool road that
parallels the deepest canyon in America
Photo courtesy of Harry Kline