Traveling through the Grand Ronde River Road, or better known as Rattle Snake Grade, is always an incredible experience regardless of how many times one has taken the journey. Not only does the highway navigate through a steep and unbelievable scenic landscape, but it also depicts parts of the ancient historical Nez Perce territory. 


One of the most incredible sites on our travels to Washington and Idaho: Rattle Snake Canyon. ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich
One of the most incredible sites on our travels to Washington and Idaho: Rattle Snake Canyon. ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich

The Nez Perce who call themselves Niimíipuu, meaning “The People”, were a nomadic tribe that traveled with the seasons from buffalo hunting in the Great Plains to salmon
fishing at Celilo Falls, covering 17 million acres in what is now Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana.
Once you have experienced the grade you will never forget the epic landscape with its many extremely narrow switchbacks, precipitous drop-offs and six to nine percent pitches, nor the ancient history that fills the air with the solitude of bygone times. Drive mindful and enjoy…

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ANGELIKA URSULA DIETRICH, owner and publisher of Wild Horses Thunder and Wild Horses Media Productions is a professional Photographer, Videographer, Publisher, Writer, Social Media Consultant, and Website Developer.

Angelikas photography work has been displayed in Cowboys & Indians (2016 & 2018) and various Oregon and Washington entertainment and vacation publications, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program and website (2012-2020), at Art Gallery Festivals, private businesses, as well as for display advertisement for many clients in and out of Wallowa County including the Wallowa County Chieftain (2003-2007)

Offering Horse Show + Rodeos + 4H-FFA, Community Events + Outdoor + Farm & Ranch + Commercial Photography and Video Productions
Member of the Professional Photographers of America
Media Marketing Director at Highview Angus Ranch since 2009
Rodeo Program Committee Chair, Media Manager, Official Public Relations Photographer at Chief Joseph Days Rodeo from 2010-2020
Lifetime Member of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo