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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

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“snake river”(37 reviews)
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.
Lewiston, ID
+1 800-523-6502
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed September 18, 2013

My white water rafting days are over so Beamers Jet Boat Tours was the next best choice. The boats are large, powerful with all the comforts; bench seating,covered top, open windows, bathroom and a smooth dry ride. I took the full day trip which is...More

11  Thank SCOTT W
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 27, 2013

practically in the town of lewiston and very crowded. not good for camping unless you are just wanting to sleep next to strangers and share a campfire story. Good for swimming in town

2  Thank mrice m
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Blessed to have this so close to home and to be able to share with family when the come to visit! I hadn't been back up in the canyon in a very long time and it didn't disappoint!

Thank GrandmaBecky
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am just posting because the review option came up. Originally went in October 2016 then returned earlier this year and it was marvelous!! Fresh water, shallow river where you can see the fish swimming. Wasn't fishing season but the small rapids were thrilling and...More

Thank Becky M
Reviewed October 7, 2018

We drove on the Idaho side of the canyon. The road is very good, but winding around curves a lot. It was wide enough for cars to pass each other. The drive is very scenic, but long because you can not go very fast. We...More

Thank Johe1973
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful area, our family has visited this treasure often. We have taken advantage if the many hiking trails, kids love them.

Thank Carol P
Reviewed September 19, 2018

We stayed at Riggins, Salmon River Morel- a few mins drive to the visitor centre where u can get maps & information for the drive up to Hell Canyon Heaven gate. I was driving a Nissan rogue & didn't engage in a lower gear- mistake!...More

Thank Cornfields_L
Reviewed September 18, 2018

This was great fun on the Snake River. This canyon is deader than the Grand Canyon which was a surprise for us.As you go down the river, you have Washington on one side and Idaho on the other. We stopped for refreshments on the Idaho...More

Thank S1418WGsandrap
Reviewed September 2, 2018

It was with some trepidation that I booked this trip on the recommendation of a friend. We flew from the UK in a party comprising 2 adults and 3 teenage sons. It was the most incredible trip we have ever been on, and could not...More

Thank Caroline P
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We toured Hells Canyon Recreation Area as a part of a group tour with Globus. We rode Beamer’s jet boat and was so impressed with the captains knowledge of the river and area. We ate lunch at Heller’s Bar and had some great fried chicken....More

1  Thank Mark S
Reviewed August 11, 2018

An outstanding white water rafting trip with ROW Adventures out of Lewiston, Idaho. Water is dam controlled so there is always plenty of water. This company had the best river guides, accommodating the wide variety of folks in a group of sixteen. Beautiful scenery, good...More

Thank Chris N
Reviewed July 27, 2018

We are familiar with Hells Canyon having lived in East. Or. but for anyone wanting an adventure, take the jet boat trip up the river. It's an all day trip, and you will get a narrative of the history re: people back in the day...More

2  Thank Pamela C
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June 20, 2016|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Lewiston is best. All tour boats start there and you have good hotels.
Ivy A
April 8, 2016|
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Response from primescot2 | Reviewed this property |
There are approx 5-6 rapids between Pittsburg Landing and Hell's Canyon Dam, and the jet boat moves through them quickly. Probably each rapid is 20 seconds in duration. I would be surprised is it would be a problem. I... More
May 2, 2015|
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Response from 967keng | Reviewed this property |
One day would be a great amount of time to check out Hell's Canyon. If you take one of the jetboat excursions up into the canyon; I'd recommend the all-day package (Hell's Canyon Adventures are excellent guides). It's... More