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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

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Address: Enterprise, OR
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Birders making a trip to this area on the Idaho/Oregon border will be able...

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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glorious geology lesson

We rode up the Snake River some 50 miles, into some of the Hells Canyon area. The wonder of traveling the river is that you get to see the canyon walls up close. The way the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
BarbaraHRockwell
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We rode up the Snake River some 50 miles, into some of the Hells Canyon area. The wonder of traveling the river is that you get to see the canyon walls up close. The way the basalt columns froze and twisted is clearly visible. It is a wondrous place.

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Bandon, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the drive, it changed a lot and gave something for everyone. The Snake river park had a great swimming hole and the overlook was amazing. So glad we took the time to take the drive.

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Beccles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Spend at least a full day, or preferably two days, on a trip round this scenic byway. Hells Canyon itself rivals the Grand Canyon (IMO).

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Lacey, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We traveled all around the area: Hells Canyon Dam, Hells Canyon Overlook, Joseph, Imnaha, Halfway, Elgin, Brownlee, Oxbow, Joseph Canyon Overlook, Enterprise. Just when we thought it couldn't get anymore beautiful it did. This is a trip you must take if you like scenic roads with very little traffic. Most of the roads were paved and well maintained. Any people... More 

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

This is such a lovely area and well worth coming to. The higher elevations are still too cold to camp for my taste but there is plenty to keep one occupied - tons of trails and camping and above all water recreation.

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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The drive through the canyon is well worth the trip. Camp sites are well maintained. Fishing is great.

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Allyn, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We spent a day this autumn driving from Joseph, Oregon to Imnaha, then via a gravel road that was about 30 miles - maybe more - into the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Of course, it was slow going and our car was filthy when we returned to Joseph. It is a beautiful drive with pull-outs along the way. Leaves... More 

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Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The long and winding road from Joseph down to the Snake River is REALLY long and winding, with a side trip to the southern overlook from which one cannot see the river, but it is still a sight to behold. Just before we got down to the river, while still in the trees, a black bear ran across the highway... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

So beautiful! We drove through here to get to Wallowa Lake. We also rode our bikes around. The scenery is stunning.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We went on a jet boat trip with Hells Canyon Adventures and had a great time--beautiful scenery, bears, eagles, deer, and other wildlife.

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