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

P.O. Box 159, Oxbow, OR 97840
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Oxbow
Type: Canyons
Activities: White-water rafting
Traveler Description: Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America, deeper than the Grand Canyon. Hells Canyon is a roadless canyon. You can enter the Hells... more »
Write a Review

6 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
16 reviews 16 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

After reading the promotions, you'd expect that it's a cross between the Grand Canyon and the Sistine Chapel. Yes, it's deep and in some places quite impressive in its geology. It's a long drive through isolated countryside. Take care on a spring trip as it can be accessed only from the south.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Monroe, Oregon
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Hell's Canyon is special. I drove the Brownlee-Oxbow Highway last week as part of a longer trip to Montana and this was the scenic highlight. Imagine driving along the river-bottom of the Grand Canyon. The desolation is beautiful. I will definitely be returning for a backpacking trip in the near future.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Drive from Lewiston, down the Oregon side of the Snake River towards Enterprise and Joseph. The scenery is excellent and a prelude to Hell's Canyon. The road to the viewpoint is quite narrow and winding but well worth while. From the bottom of the canyon drive downstream to the dam and some spectacular scenery. For adventurous drivers only, there is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

happy that it is not that busy, great views, take a boatride! highly recommended, although you should check if your at the north of soutch side, two different areas

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toledo, Oregon
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Hells Canyon is pretty amazing. The drive to get up to the lookout is as much worth it as the view at the top.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Eagle, Idaho
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

Our favorite place to camp and water ski. Any of the three reservoirs offers great skiing. And the Idaho Power Campgrounds are really clean and well-maintained. Only negative is that the water turns green late in the summer due to the algae from the heat.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Hells Canyon also viewed

Been to Hells Canyon? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

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

Manage your listing