Road Trip: Union, Wallowa and Lostine

The Wallowa Mountains stand guard over the northeast corner of the state like sentinels to this rugged and beautiful country. Many travelers know this area as the gateway to Hells Canyon, Wallowa Lake and the bronze-capital town of Joseph. But there’s rich history, outdoor adventure and local cuisine to be discovered here too. Slow down… More
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Wallowa

Perched on the banks of the river for which it is named, Wallowa is one of many charming outposts along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway.

The doorstep of the Wallowa Mountains is the historic home of the Nez Perce tribe, celebrated each year at the Tamkaliks Powwow, and the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, preserving the history of an early 20th-century African American logging town.

Trip Ideas

  • Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
    America’s deepest river gorge, Hells Canyon, and “Little Switzerland,” the Wallowa Mountains, star on this 208-mile/335-kilometer horseshoe route through the state’s northeast corner, the rich ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce tribe. More
  • Wallowa Winter Wonderland
    The Wallowa Mountains, contained within Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness, include 18 peaks over 9,000 feet within 360,000 acres of wilderness in the remote northeastern corner of Oregon — the largest wilderness area in the state.... More
  • A World of Wonder at Wallowa Lake
    This week, we travel to northeast Oregon's "Swiss Alps" and Wallowa Lake State Park. Wallowa Lake State Park is at the southern edge of Wallowa Lake near Joseph, Oregon. State Park Manager, Todd Honeywell, said that... More

Don't Miss in Wallowa

A Blue Mountain Adventure Awaits
Explore Backcountry
Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State Scenic Corridor
Lower Valley Farmer’s Market
January 1 - December 31, 2017
Minam State Recreation Area
Nez Perce Interpretive Center
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Tasty Detours in Wallowa

Carman Ranch
The Blonde Strawberry

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Where can we get the best view of the Wallowas?

There is a tramway at Wallowa Lake that goes up 3,700 feet to the summit of Mount Howard. The Wallowa Lake Tramway is the steepest tram in North America and ascends above the Wallowa Lake Village and Wallowa Lake. Taking the gondola gives you some of the most incredible views in Eastern Oregon. Back on…

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