Hells Canyon Overlooks
Heavens Gate Horses
Points of Interest
Idaho Rafting Guides and Outfitters Listed by River:
FR 46, which cuts through the northwest corner of the scenic area, leads to Buckhorn Lookout and several remote camping areas, from the town of Enterprise (41 miles). Stopping points along this road provide spectacular views of the Wallowa Canyon and Hells Canyon.
FR 517 leads to Heavens Gate Overlook, arguably the best viewpoint for Hells Canyon, from the Idaho town of Riggins. The steep and winding road takes several hours to ascend.
Back roads are best traversed by 4x4, but most can be accessed by high-clearance cars during good summer weather (June-October). Vehicles towing trailers should be cautious when traversing back roads. Some backroads are narrow and involve steep, unprotected cliff areas. Roads at higher elevations may be icy or difficult during weather.
FR 39 and FR 3965 will take you to the breathtaking vistas of Hells Canyon Overlook, a 5,400 overlook of. Seven Devils Mountains, and Hells Canyon.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Snake River of Hells Canyon by Johnny Carrey, John Carrey and Cort Conley. Organized by miles headed downriver from Hells Canyon dam, this is a colorful chronicle of canyon history. A must read for anyone visiting Hells Canyon, whether by boat, on horseback or a foot. Order now...
Hiking Hells Canyon & Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains (Regional Hiking Series) by Fred Barstad. Use this guide for up-to-date trail information, accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails, difficulty ratings for each hike, detailed trail maps, and zero-impact camping tips. Order now...
Island and Rapids: A Geological Story of Hells Canyon by Tracy Vallier. This book, written by a world-class scientist tells the geologic history of the deepest gorge in North America. Also included is a mile by mile guide to the Canyon's features as well as photographs. Order now...
River: Reflections of Hells Canyon by Betsy McGreer. Journey into Hells
Canyon with poet/photographer Betsy McGreer. Enjoy the four seasons-night &
day-as never before. Their healing powers will touch your heart and soul as
Betsy's words and images display Nature's strength and tranquility at Stoney
Point Lodge, along the Snake River in Idaho.
Includes over 50 full-color photographs of wonder and awe. Order now...
Compass American Guides: Idaho, 3rd Edition by John Gottberg. The guide that has it all; spectacular photography, evocative prose, insider tips, and detailed color maps to help you make the most of your trip. Written by longtime Idaho residents, this book provides in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of one of America's most spectacular destinations! Order now...
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