The Snake River through Hells Canyon

Nez Pearce Indian legend claims “Coyote dug Hells Canyon with a big stick to protect their ancestors in Oregon’s Blue mountains from the Seven Devils across the gorge in what is now Idaho.” Our raft trips through Hells Canyon are journeys through a land rich in myth and geologic wonder.

Rugged rock walls and grassy slopes rise from the water, as you delve into the surging whitewater while it pulses through Hells Canyon. Where boulders and rock slides have rolled into the river, we find the biggest rapids in the Pacific North west.

Between rapids, the Snake River follows a scenic path: there we encounter Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, mountain goats, deer, or elk. Kick back and look toward the horizon to spot a circling eagle or hawk. The hiking is spectacular; with trails located on both sides of the river and up sever of the side creeks. Fantastic swimming in the 72 degree water, excellent fishing for trout, bass, and maybe even a 10' white sturgeon, idyllic campsites under the stars at night, and breathtaking vistas make this a river voyage you will never forget.

Hells Canyon Details


  • Season: May-October
  • Length: 34-81 miles
  • Difficulty: Intermediate, Class III-IV
  • Minimum Age: 7
  • Meets: Cambridge, Hotel Lodging Included

3 or 4-days, 34 miles

May – October

Ends at Pittsburg Landing

Transportation back to Cambridge Included

Airport: Boise, ID (BOI)

4-day, 81 miles

May and June only

Ends at Heller Bar Close to Lewiston, ID

Transportation to Lewiston included.

Airports: Come into Boise, ID, leave from Lewiston, ID or Spokane, WA

5 or 6 days

May – October

Ends at Heller Bar close to Lewiston, ID

Transportation to Lewiston, included

Airports: Come into Boise, ID, leave from Lewiston, ID or Spokane, WA

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