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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Enterprise

Categories: Canyons, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area located on the borders of the U.S. states of Oregon and Idaho. The recreation area, which is managed by the United States Forest Service as part of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, was established by U.S. Congress in 1975 to protect the historic and archaeological values of the Hells Canyon area and the area of the Snake River between Hells Canyon Dam and the Oregon-Washington border.Roughly 215000acre of the recreation area are designated the Hells Canyon Wilderness. There are nearly 900mi of hiking trails in the recreation area. The largest portion of the area lies in eastern Wallowa County, Oregon. Smaller portions lie in southwestern Idaho County, Idaho, northwestern Adams County, Idaho, and northeastern Baker County, Oregon.Hells Canyon Archeological DistrictAll or partly included in the HCNRA is the Hells Canyon Archeological District, a 12000acre historic district that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The district includes 536 contributing sites, 23 contributing buildings, and 58 other contributing structures.
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  • The area is beautiful and viewpoints wonderful. The viewpoint is a perfect spot to see the canyon. The road is paved. It appears to be an old logging road that has been upgraded and paved. There is a ...  read more »
  • We rode up the Snake River some 50 miles, into some of the Hells Canyon area. The wonder of traveling the river is that you get to see the canyon walls up close. The way the basalt columns froze and t...  read more »
  • Loved the drive, it changed a lot and gave something for everyone. The Snake river park had a great swimming hole and the overlook was amazing. So glad we took the time to take the drive. 
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