We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Enterprise, OR
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Enterprise
Type: Canyons, National Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, White-water rafting, Horseback riding, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Camping
Description: Birders making a trip to this area on the Idaho/Oregon border will be able to view Peregrine falcons and Gold eagles.
Write a Review

27 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    20
    4
    3
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Portland, Maine
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Next year when I return to Oregon and the Wallowas, I am going to hike along the Imnaha River Trail. But just viewing Hells Canyon from an above-the-canyon viewpoint was amazing. It is Grand Canyon-esque but with its own unique personality. I will not set foot in Idaho, just across the river, as I am strongly opposed to the wolf... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fossil
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

They have done some fixing on the road but the first 5 miles off the main highway were quite potholed. It was a very beautiful drive overall but the view of the canyon and across into Idaho was not anything like the Grand Canyon. It is beautiful in its own way but shouldn't be thought of as a "spectacular" view.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hayden Lake, Idaho
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We travel thru this area at least once a year on our motorcycles and are always amazed by the beauty of this entire area and the lack of people, not that we are complaining. We just went to the Grand Canyon and left almost immediately due to so many tourists and crowds. To us, this area is almost as spectacular... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hereford, AZ
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
32 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Hells Canyon has two ways to best enjoy the beauty: either by watercraft through the canyon, or by driving the high ridge and gazing out over the vista point, which is located off the Wallawa Mountain Loop Road by three miles. There are trails, but they are best reached from the water. One cat see birds and other wildlife from... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We thought this area was beautiful. The gorge was amazing. Staff at the visitor center were quite friendly & helpful. FS road 39 north when leaving the area was quite scenic. Very curvy but nice. The Hell's Canyon Overlook on this road was spectacular

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tumwater, Washington
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The USFS is upgrading the main road - North Pine section. The road - FS 39 - is rough in places. The Hells Canyon Overlook is definitely worth the stop. When driving the North Pine Section beware of livestock on the road. Restrooms we stopped at were smelly and not recently serviced - bring your own toilet paper.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Enterprise, Oregon
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Once you cross from Oregon onto the Idaho side of the drive along the Snake, the real fun begins... Miles of breathtaking views & photo opps. We live up here in far NE Oregon & are used to incredible sights, but this was our first visit to the canyon & we'll be going back.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Dallas, Oregon
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I have always wanted to go to the Hells Canyon Overlook in NE Oregon. We departed from Baker City, visited the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, and then continued East. Beautiful scenery. As I said, be prepared for a winding road, with many ascents and descents. Not for those that get car-sick easy! This route would likely be closed in the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Portland, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Hells Canyon and the drive up to it are so amazing. The drive we took was out of Joesph Oregon. It took us through amazing open farm land with the back drop of the Wallowa's. the total drive was about one hour to one hour and 15 minutes to the look out. Once you get to the top there is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Seattle, Washington
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We took the Beamers Jet boat trip 100 miles up the Snake River from Clarkston. A great way to view the canyon. Highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Hells Canyon National Recreation Area also viewed

 

Been to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing