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Is Highway 39 Open Yet to Joseph and Enterprise from Halfway Oregon?

If you’re thinking about taking Highway 39, keep thinking. . .this road connects the Oxbow and Brownlee Dam in Hells Canyon to Enterprise and Joseph Oregon.  Some people know it as the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road.  Or Forest Road 39.  Or the road from Joseph OR to Halfway OR.  Or even the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. 

Anyway you look at it, this road is seasonal and typically doesn’t open until sometime in May or even June.  It all depends on the snow and how soon it melts.

Put this note on your to do list under Joseph Oregon Vacation or Eastern Oregon Vacation: 

Call the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Service Visitor Center at 541-426-4978 (ext 0) 
Bookmark this page:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w/conditions/index.shtml
These are the folks responsible for the road opening and closure and will have the most current official information.

In the meantime, we’re happy to help you plan your Hells Canyon to Joseph Oregon trip.  Just hang on a little longer before taking Highway 39 unless you’ve got your snowmobile!



  1. Fred Lucht says:

    Question, is this hwy usable for Motor Home travel.

  2. Fred, I would check with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest visitor center (see phone & web in the blog post). Typically yes, this is the road recommended for RVs and motorcycles. Good luck with your travels!

  3. Rose Barcklay says:

    Is Highway 39 open now, August 26th, 2013?

  4. BonnieDing says:

    It would be nice to have an update since we will be coming from Halfway to Joseph on May 27th 2014. Thank you for this information.

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