Landslide Blocks Only Road to Hells Canyon Dam


  • Idaho Power Company
The sole road of getting in and out of Hells Canyon is expected to be blocked for up to a week after a 60-yard pile of boulders, rocks and dirt blocked the road Jan. 21. Idaho Power Crews have begun pulling the the dirt and rocks from the area, but they say it will be a while before they can completely clear the road about three miles north of Hells Canyon. In addition to the landslide, crews will need to pull down additional unstable material on the cliff that hugs the road. 

It took nearly three hours on Jan. 21 for crews to pull away enough of the landslide to make a lane narrow enough for drivers who were stranded between the slide and Hells Canyon Dam.