The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is definitely worth exploring. Covering parts of Oregon and Idaho, Hells Canyon is an immense national recreation area. The terrain and elevation vary dramatically, from towering mountain peaks to deep valleys. An abundance of wildlife roams the area, while the majestic Snake – a designated wild and scenic river - winds through the canyon floor. Hells Canyon Idaho offers endless recreational fun, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history for all who visit.
Location & Information
Hells Canyon ID is 74 miles northeast of McCall just a few miles south of Lewiston. Although this recreational area never closes, roads accessing the canyon may be closed at times due to weather conditions.
Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau, 504 Bridge St., Clarkston, WA 99403. Phone: 509-758-7489 or 877-774-7248
Hells Canyon in Idaho is a recreational paradise. With rapids ranging from Class II to Class V, whitewater rafting the Snake River is very popular. There are over 900 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There’s plenty of fish for anglers, including steelhead trout and sturgeon. There are 36 campsites in Hells Canyon – some are quite remote so be sure to bring appropriate gear. The area is excellent for viewing a variety of wildlife including elk, deer, black bear, cougar, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and chukar. You may also spot majestic bald eagles and other beautiful birds while you’re there.
The canyon’s highest point, He Devil Peak, towers at 9393 feet , which is 7939 feet higher than the Empire State building.
Established as a national recreation area on Dec. 31, 1975.
Hells Canyon covers 652,488 acres – 215,000 of which is designated wilderness area.