Spectacular mountain peaks. Diverse and abundant wildlife. Artifacts from prehistoric tribes and rustic remains of early miners and settlers. Scenic vistas that rival any on the continent. These are just a few of the reasons why you should add a visit to Hells Canyon to your bucket list.
Hells Canyon is carved by the great Snake River. The canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon’s west rim, and 8,000 feet below the snowcapped He Devil Peak in the Seven Devils Mountains making it the deepest canyon in North America.
You can see all of this from the comfort of a guided jet boat tour. Tours leave daily mid-April through September Your guide shares tales and legends of the canyon. Big horn sheep, elk, deer, bear, and eagles are commonly seen. Grand displays of basalt rock formations and 7,000-year-old stone carvings called petroglyphs will amaze you. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse, or even reel in, the biggest freshwater fish in North America, the white sturgeon.
A stop at Kirkwood Historic Ranch gives you a glimpse into canyon life in the 1930s. White sandy beaches and occasional waterfalls are the perfect place to stop, take in the beauty, and play in the cool, crystal-clear water.
Book your Hells Canyon tour and see why there’s something for everyone and end up with memories to last a lifetime.
Go for the adventure. Stay for the wine and culture.
Hells Canyon may be #1 of things to do in Lewiston but the area has plenty to offer while you’re there. The Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticulture Area is the Northwest’s best kept wine secret. Vineyards cover hillsides and wineries produce award-winning wines that rival any other. Tasting rooms are friendly, offering spectacular reds, whites and rosés for sipping on patios. Explore the Lewis Clark Valley wineries and see for yourself why it’s home to the Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year as well as several Idaho Wineries of the Year.
The Lewis Clark Valley is the gateway to Hells Canyon. Located on the borders of southeast Washington (Clarkston) and north central Idaho (Lewiston), there are convenient flights on United, via Denver, and Delta, via Salt Lake City. Driving east/west on Highway 12 or north/south on Highway 95 adds another layer of picturesque beauty to your trip following wild and scenic rivers and passing through colorful fields of rolling farmland.
The Lewis Clark Valley and Hells Canyon is waiting to amaze you!