To Hells (Canyon) and Back Again

A Five-Day Adventure in Hells Canyon

The powerful waters of the Snake River slice through the mountains of central Idaho, creating the deepest gorge in the United States: Hells Canyon.

Here, the land is as beautiful as it is dangerous. It’s full of myth, legend, beauty and the best whitewater in the nation.

We’ve put together an itinerary for a high-adrenaline adventure in Hells Canyon. We packed as much excitement as we could into five days of rafting, hiking, horseback riding and more.

Day One

From Boise, drive to Council and turn left onto a winding road until you reach the long dirt driveway of Seven Devils Lodge. Here, you’ll find yourself on a working cattle ranch, with real cowboys wrangling cattle on horseback and a rustic mountain lodge.

This is where you’ll stay for the next five days.

After a long day on the road, sit down to a homemade meal, featuring fresh ingredients straight from lodge’s organic gardens and beef raised right on the ranch.

A True Western Experience

Seven Devils Lodge Guest Ranch & Guide Service

Venture deep into the Seven Devils wilderness. Come home to a homemade meal and a warm fire.

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Day Two

Wake up bright and early to the smell of coffee, scrambled eggs and fresh-baked pastries.

After the last drop of coffee is gone, saddle up on one of the horses on the ranch. After learning the basics, ride out into the lush meadows surrounding the ranch.

Be sure to head back to the lodge for cocktail hour at 5 p.m., where you can grab a few tasty appetizers before dinner.

Day Three

After breakfast, drive along an old logging road down into Hells Canyon..

Explore the Snake River with Hells Canyon AdventuresGlide over the surging whitewater on a jet boat, or navigate the powerful rapids by raft. Either way, it’s a total adrenaline rush.

If you want to extend your whitewater adventure, you can book a 3-6 day tour through America’s Rafting Co.

Photo courtesy of Hells Canyon Adventures

Day Four

As the sun is rising over mountains, hit the trails surrounding the lodge. Hike through heavily forested backcountry to Bear Creek Falls, and wade in the cool waters once you get there. (You deserve it!)

Head back to the lodge and test your aim at the shooting or archery range.

For an unforgettable experience, we recommend booking the Dinner at 8,000 Feet. You’ll ride along with the ranchers to a scenic overlook at 8,000 feet above sea level, taking in panoramic views of the canyon as you taste a homemade meal.

Photo courtesy of America’s Rafting Co.

Day Five

After breakfast, enjoy a lazy morning at the ranch. Explore some of the historic homesteads nearby.

Take in the stunning mountain scenery one last time before heading back to Boise.

As you leave, you’ll realize a visit to Hells Canyon isn’t just a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You’ll want to come back and experience it all — the adventure, the scenery, the memories — all over again.

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