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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

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Address: Lewiston, ID
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Activities: Horseback riding, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Driving
Description: The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is accessible by...
The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is accessible by jet boat or raft. Those who explore this rugged wilderness will find ancient tribal carvings in the rocks, deserted ranches and closed-up gold mines.
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Yes this is the deepest canyon in the US. Not the pretiest though. Very rough, remote, and hot is summer. We drove up the the dam, and took a jet boat tour. They do a really good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Yes this is the deepest canyon in the US. Not the pretiest though. Very rough, remote, and hot is summer. We drove up the the dam, and took a jet boat tour. They do a really good job, and go over the rapids, even with our little ones. Plan to do something when you get there, 2.5h (from the Baker... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is breathtaking scenery. It is rugged and beautiful. From Enterprise, Oregon, follow Route 3 north toward Lewiston, Idaho. You will go through canyons with hairpin turns on a "road less traveled." Be sure to stop at the Joseph Canyon Overlook on the way. This roadtrip is one of the best in the USA. Be prepared to go very slowly... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Beautiful views both along the river and also at the top of one of the mountains looking down. Didn't try the boat rides they offer but they looked like they would be a lot of fun. Was a great drive along the river with many places to pull out and take a photo or just enjoy the scenery. The large... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I don't live far from this whole area and I have lived in Wallowa County, OR for 4 years now. My husband and many friends had warned me that the drive was unbelievable and to go to Walla Walla instead of Lewiston. Well this year I had no choice, I needed to see a neurologist and he was in Lewiston,... More 

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Puget Sound in Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by the lack of traffic we encountered. The drive was about 1 1/2-2 hours to get all the way back to the Hells Canyon Dam. Beautiful scenery. Saw lots of fish just lulling about in the water (??). Plenty of places to pull off and camp (apparently...from what we saw). We came in from the south... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is an amazing adventure for history and nature trip, fishing is the best in the world for sturgeon and is also great for Bass. The Canyon has many places to stop and enjoy the deep canyon walls, watch for wild life. You'll see deer, wild mountain goats, birds and much more. The jet boats that make there way up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I like to take visitor to the park, doesn't take long and it is a nice quick view of history and I like the interactive topographic map. Be sure and take a walk around the outside area too. There is a nice little movie about Lewis and Clark and the Corp of Discovery. Not to much about thevery Niimiipuu people.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Growing up in Lewiston, going into Hell's Canyon was more of a touristy thing to do. When I came home for my high school reunion, several of us ventured into the deepest gorge. It was breathtaking, and totally worth it. There are several companies that will take you up the canyon by boat, but there are a lot of rapids... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Shade and lots of it is what you'll find on both the Washington and Idaho sides near Lewiston and Clarkston. There is no road access to the Snake River on the Idaho side after you leave Hellsgate State Park (fee required). The Washington side has numerous roadside pull offs (limited hookups) for about 30 miles. However, you should purchase a... More 

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Chehalis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We drove down the Canyon on the Washington side south of Asotin where there are petroglyphs at Buffalo Eddy. What a thrill to see actually petroglyphs in their original site. The canyon is just amazing. A great experience!

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Address: Address: Lewiston, ID
Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Lewiston

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