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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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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... read more

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

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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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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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Going through Hells Canyon was wonderful. I really liked doing the jet boat tour up both the Snake and the Salmon Rivers. Highly recommended.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A friend and I were passengers on American Cruise Lines; this was one of the chosen excursions. WHAT FUN! I am a Senior Citizen; however, I loved 'flying' in a boat, with about 15 other passengers, bouncing up and down on the river, over the rapids. Very exciting. We stopped along the way and had a wonderful meal of barbeque... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great Jet Boat Trip through beautiful remote canyons. Lots of historical land markings and indian culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have lived and recreated here for the last 20 years. The Hells Canyon National Scenic Recreation Area is simply awesome. There are so many things to do and see! Fishing, rafting, boating, hunting, birdwatching, hiking, or just taking in the rugged scenic beauty of Hells Canyon. One trip will not be enough, you'll want to come again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Going against the current can be refreshing, and invigorating! In the spring the Snake River in Hells Canyon flows up to 80,000 cubic feet per second, which works out to over 600,000 gallons per second! Boating on top of this rushing river in the deepest gorge in North America anytime of the year will create memories that will be imprinted... More 

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

As a stop on a Columbia/Snake river cruise, we did a jetboat ride, four hours, into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. It's absolutely beautiful, if somewhat barren. Noticed the Idaho side was burned, for miles, due to a lightning strike this summer. We went in fall, so not quite the same as if we were there in summer for the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We drove to the Hells Canyon Dam and wondered at the sheer beauty of the canyon, the lake and the beginning of the river adventurers. This was well worth the drive to see a continuing sequence of vistas and scenic venues.

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