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Hells Canyon

P.O. Box 159, Oxbow, OR 97840
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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 »
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Delft, The Netherlands
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A beautiful, quiet scenic drive which ends at the Dam. Well maintained, wide paved road offering stunning views over the canyon. At the dam end of the canyon there was a rest room but no other facilities. We enjoyed the drive in and had our picnic lunch at the river edge. If you happen to be in the area it... More

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Tacoma, WA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

About 80 miles round trip from Halfway, the scenery is stunning. The road is numbing so this is better done with a bit less air pressure on a little bit wider tires.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Hell's canyon dam and the snake river are worth the long drive. No place else like it in the U.S. only one road in and out, but it was paved and well-maintained. You can really go to hell and back there.

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21 helpful votes 21 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.

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Monroe, Oregon
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140 reviews 140 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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Toledo, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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.

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Eagle, Idaho
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 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.

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