- In the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, along the west central border of Idaho.
- Snake River
- Class III - V
- River Length
- 64 miles
- 1 to 3 days
- April to October
Once the river slows down, it’s easier to appreciate the federally protected landscape here. Basalt and granite cliffs stretch up from the riverbed on both sides. Wildlife such as deer, elk, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep can often be seen, and the river itself is home to smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. Hundreds of pieces of ancient rock art left by the Nez Perce Indians can be seen throughout the Hell’s Canyon area, demonstrating that this place has been impressing people for thousands of years.
Depending on which sections of the gorge are rafted, trips can last from 1 to 3 days. Powerboat trips up the river from Lewiston are a popular alternative for visitors at the north end of the gorge.