Hells Canyon Corridor


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Once called the “Grand Canyon of the Snake River,” the Hells Canyon corridor is known for its magnificent but extremely rugged landscape. It is the deepest gorge in North America. There are few points of entry into Hells Canyon, so traveling in this corridor takes time and effort. Once there, however, visitors are rewarded with indescribably beautiful scenery and exciting whitewater on the wild and scenic Snake River. There are unlimited opportunities for camping, hiking or just admiring the ever-changing views.

Note: We do not list any activities for this corridor at this time, but will do so in the future.

Learn more about this corridor

Road and trail status report

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Licensed outfitters are ready to help the amateur plan an adventure on the Snake River. Reservations with outfitters must be made in advance.
Permit Info: Permits are required year-round for private river trips. View additional information at the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area web site.
Closest Towns: Riggins, Idaho and Grangeville, Idaho
Information Center: Salmon River Ranger District, 208-839-2211

General Information


Highway District Road 493, which intersects Highway 95 near White Bird and winds 20 miles to Pittsburg Landing, is one of two Idaho access points to the Snake River in Hells Canyon. The road is a single-lane gravel road with steep grades and tight switchbacks. The other Idaho access point to the Snake River is County Road 71, which intersects Highway 95 at Cambridge and traverses 65 miles to Copperfield where it meets the Idaho Power Company Road to Hells Canyon Creek. This paved two-lane road twists through ranch land to Oxbow Dam, where it follows the Snake River to Hells Canyon Dam. At Hells Canyon Dam the road crosses to the Oregon side of the canyon and ends 1.5 miles at the Hells Canyon Creek Recreation Site. Access to the Hells Canyon Wilderness in the Seven Devils Mountains is from Forest Road 517 near Riggins. The steep and winding single-lane gravel road is not recommended for RVs or vehicles towing camping trailers.


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