UPDATED ON August 19, 2015: It’s that time of year again when our bed and breakfast guests ask, “Is the road open between Joseph and Halfway?” The answer for Summer and Fall 2015 is now “YES!”” The US Forest Service reports that the construction is nearly complete with only shoulder work remaining on the southern 12 miles of FSR39. There are no more construction delays on the center section of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (also known as Forest Service Road 39 or the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road).
Thank you for your patience during the 2014-2015 construction periods. Now it’s time to get out on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway and enjoy the road!
As you’re planning your trip, do remember these important tips:
- Is there any gasoline along the way? No. The last gas stations are in Joseph and in Copperfield/Oxbow and in Halfway. Note that these are not 24-hour gas stations and, because they are in rural locations, close fairly early in the evenings.
- Is there cellphone service along the way? Pretty much no.
- Who can I call for more information? Monday through Friday during working hours, contact the Forest Service Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-426-5546 or Pine Field Office at 541-742-7511. Visit the Forest Service website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman/home