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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

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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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Stunningly Beautiful landscape

Visited Hell's Canyon in May. The entire area is so magnificent, you just have to see it to appreciate it. Rugged beauty mixed with plentiful wildlife.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Visited Hell's Canyon in May. The entire area is so magnificent, you just have to see it to appreciate it. Rugged beauty mixed with plentiful wildlife.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We rode a jet boat into the canyon for a fun day trip. Plusses were seeing male and female Rocky Mountain Big Horn sheep and a Native American petroglyph at Buffalo Eddy.

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Sturgis, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We were on a road trip heading to Walla Walla Washington and stumbled on Hells Canyon. We took Highway 71 in from the South Side at Brownlee Dam to Copperfield, then took 39 towards Joesph. The views along the river towards Coppefield were unbelievable. The road was a twisty, slow, narrow ride....but one great ride. We took the turn out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 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 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 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.

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