Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Joseph, Oregon

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One of the more rugged and least accessible areas in the nation, Hells Canyon incorporates a 71-mile stretch of the fantastic Snake River Canyon. The black basalt walls give a forbidding appearance to North America’s deepest gorge – more than 7,900 feet at one point, although some points are much lower. But it is impressive, to say the least. The recreation area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts of all types, from those who just want to take in the view to lovers of great whitewater rafting. The canyon is home to a variety of climatic zones, ranging from the desert-like surroundings of the canyon floor to the alpine atmosphere found at the top. The canyon also sports a diversity of wildlife and vegetation. Recreational opportunities abound. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.
Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

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Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

by Larry H. Ludmer (Hunter Publishing)

One of the more rugged and least accessible areas in the nation, Hells Canyon incorporates a 71-mile stretch of the fantastic Snake River Canyon. The black basalt walls give a forbidding appearance to North America’s deepest gorge – more than 7,900 feet at one point, although some points are much lower. But it is impressive, to say the least. The recreation area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts of all types, from those who just want to take in the view to lovers of great whitewater rafting.

The canyon is home to a variety of climatic zones, ranging from the desert-like surroundings of the canyon floor to the alpine atmosphere found at the top. The canyon also sports a diversity of wildlife and vegetation. Recreational opportunities abound. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

©  Larry H. Ludmer/Hunter Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Joseph
Season: Year-round, best late spring to early fall
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

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