Hells Canyon National Recreation Area – Idaho

Natural Attractions in Lewis - Clark Valley
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Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge, encompasses a vast and remote region in Idaho and Oregon and features dramatic changes in elevation, terrain and vegetation. This destination is packed with beauty, adventure and culture, where one’s imagination can run as wild as the landscape.

Take advantage of the area’s scenic vistas, whitewater rafting, jet boating and fishing. Or tour the many sacred sites that make up the Nez Perce National Historical Park, which celebrates the Nimiipuu, who have lived on these lands for thousands of years.

U.S. Forest Service,  Visit Lewis Clark Valley

Things To Know

  • Recreation season in the lower section of the wilderness usually begins in early spring and runs through late November.
  • Winter storms and summer thunderstorms are common along the canyonlands and mountain ridges.
  • The trail system mostly follows old Forest Service access routes to fires and stock trails used by ranchers to move livestock to remote salting areas and watering holes.
  • Many trails follow ridges and traverse moderate slopes and benchlands with ease while others track steep slopes.
  • These major trailheads can be accessed from Riggins: -Black Lake Campground (Trail #214) -Heaven's Gate Trailhead (Trail #101) -Windy Saddle Trailhead and Windy Saddle Horse Camp (Trail #124) -Snake River Trailhead (Trail #102)

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