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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Enterprise, OR
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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.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

visited Hells Canyon from Enterprise Oregon. We drove all the way to hatpoint. This is a gravel road, wich is a bit steep for the first 5 or 6 miles, but it gets better afterwards. Don't let the fact that this is not a paved road skip you from going here. It's a great ride and even though we didn't... More

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Hood River, Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It took me 60 years to finally visit Hells Canyon. Don't wait as long as I did. This is an amazing place to visit. The view point near Imnaha is a must see.

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Port Clinton, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This area is awesome for hiking and many other outdoor activities. We went deep into the canyon a couple of times. Hat Point is a long drive but a super view of the Snake River and a 7 mile hike down to the river! Wallowa Lake area has some awesome hiking also. This whole area is a hikers dream and... More

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Portland, Maine
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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

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Fossil
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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

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Hayden Lake, Idaho
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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

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Hereford, AZ
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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

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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

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Tumwater, Washington
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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.

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Enterprise, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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.

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