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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

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Address: Lewiston, ID
Phone Number: 8005236502

The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is accessible by jet...

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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Boats rafts and hiking

Wild and beautiful area. You have to be adventurous to hike in since it's a distance from roads to the canyon picnic areas and campsites. Recreation is very much geared to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited in early September. Weather was perfect. Not too hot; not too cold. School was started, so no crowds. Hells Canyon was peculiar. It's not a monument or park, so it's not as built up as they would be. Therefore, roads were narrow and winding, sometimes gravel, and facilities were limited. Since my wife is not in as good... More 

Thank F4981JCmichaels
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wild and beautiful area. You have to be adventurous to hike in since it's a distance from roads to the canyon picnic areas and campsites. Recreation is very much geared to rafting trips (up to 7 days), fishing boats, and jet boat excursions (not to be missed).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 6 hour trip. The scenery was amazing, everything you have read or heard is true. Wonderful sightings of Big Horn mountain sheep and petroglyphs. A lovely stop @ an old farm with swim beach, Adirondack chairs, and a fruit orchard with sweet ripe figs to pick, assorted wild turkeys and deer milling about, and wonderful sunny weather.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

White water rafting on the Snake River through Hells Canyon with the outfitter Hells Canyon Raft was a great trip. We did 4 nights, 5 days, white water rafting. Great with family including young kids to teenagers. They set-up tents and do heavy lifting and will help with logistics before and after your trip. Good food, nice staff. Mix of... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

Overall....GREAT experience! Row Adventures is the premier outfitter on the river, and there is a reason for that. They are the BEST. Our trip was 5 days. For us, 3 days would probably be better, however if you have a passion for the outdoors, rivers, wilderness, camping - 5 days is probably better. Guides - At the end of the... More 

2 Thank godfatheroflasvegas
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Went rafting on the Snake river (Hells Canyon) with Row adventures, this was my 2nd year in a row to do this trip and both times it was awesome the guides are the best and the food was excellent, it's a great trip for everyone of any age, I highly recommend it. The company makes it easy for all your... More 

Thank Denise W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

We took the scenic route into Hells Canyon on a recent trip to Oregon. Beautiful. The hills and valleys were breath-taking. Climbed the fire tower, but could not go all the way to the top. The dirt road portion we traveled was very tough and took a lot of time because of pot holes.

Thank Jean F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

We rented a space to have a grand daughters birthday party. The camp ground is clean and trees for shade.we were close to the beach area and the kids were able to come and go and just enjoy the day. We stayed for 3 nights, the quite hours were quite and didn't have groups that over took the area with... More 

Thank Carstensmom
Camrose, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We travelled on our motorcycle and it was one of the most scenic roads we have been on in awhile. Lots to do, great to drive through.

Thank DaMama4
Steilacoom, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

It was a pleasant and scenic drive through some good scenery from Lewiston to Pittsburg Landing. I found the Nez Perce reservation and battle sites more interesting. I think there are some more spectacular views in the canyon along the Snake River than we saw from the car or on foot, but be advised that you need to pay big... More 

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