Hells Canyon Rafting

3 Day Hells Canyon Rafting Trip

Epic Snake River Wilderness Adventure

Snake River Rafting trips have it all. Everything about a Hells Canyon rafting trip can be summed up in one word, AWESOME. The deepest canyon in North America, and one of the largest Wilderness Areas. The Snake River offers the best whitewater of any river trip in the N.W. Rafting Hells Canyon offers the adventurous spirit a unique combination of activities with great hiking, world class fishing and jaw dropping panoramas of one of nature’s most impressive creations. Our Snake River rafting trip takes you through 38 miles of the deepest section of the Canyon to the takeout at Pittsburgh Landing.

Hiking opportunities are everywhere taking you through dense vegetation to spectacular overlooks and vistas.

Pictographs and History left by the Nez Perce Indians are abundant along with the many historical cabins left by the early pioneers. Tour the Kirkwood Historical site where the USFS has collected many items from the canyon’s early inhabitants and natural treasures.

Fishing on the Snake River boasts some of the best Small Mouth Bass and Sturgeon fishing found anywhere. This is truly paradise for the adventurous angler with Sturgeon averaging 6 to 8 feet, Small Mouth Bass virtually every few minutes and Rainbow trout mixed in.

Gourmet Meals and Professional Guides Our exceptional back country accommodations and our exclusive gourmet river kitchen insures our clients the best rafting trip experience available. The truth is that you don’t have to rough it to be able to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Idaho’s wild and scenic Snake River. Let our professional guides pamper you and your family while enjoying the serenity of the canyon and the thrill of the whitewater.

Trip Details

River Rating

Class IV

Depending on water levels.

Minimum Age

7 yrs.

Dependent on normal water flows


38 Miles

On Water


Day 1 »» The team leader will meet you at 6:30 am, where a three hour scenic ride will bring you to to the launch point at Hell’s Canyon Dam and the start of the Wilderness. At rivers edge you will recieve a safety orientation that will prepare you for the adventure. You’re ready to paddle, ride an oar-powered raft, or paddle your own inflatable kayak. Two class IV rapids, Wild Sheep and Granite, will challenge your whitewater skills just a few miles down river, with smaller rapids spread out to give you a feel for the river. Camps are usually arrived at by 4pm each afternoon, allowing time for more great bass fishing, hiking or relaxing. Hors d’oeuvres are served about an hour before dinner, usually served around 7:30 pm.

Day 2 »» Freshly brewed coffee greets your senses at about 6 am, with our morning spread that is complete with all the ussual morning drinks and condiments. Breakfast is ready around 7:30am, relax in a camp chair with your favorite hot drink while gazing in wonder at this amazing canyon. Personal gear, tents and kitchen gear is loaded back on the boats and readied for a day filled with many great rapids, fishing, settler’s cabins, and incredible mountain scenery.

Day 3 »» Some might enjoy a rare view of the Snake River and Hell’s Canyon as reward for choosing to hike the trail to “Suicide Point”. Others are ready to catch a few more fish using top water lures or grubs. You’ll welcome a splash from the river as the boats group back up and float downstream to more impressive scenery and historic sites, including the historic Kirkwood Ranch. After lunch and more river fun we pass Pittsburgh Landing where some of the trip might depart early.

What's Included

Prepare to be Pampered Every day after your journey down the Snake River you will arrive at a new camp each day, our guides will immediately provide sun shade and have dinning area ready and chairs available for lounging, playing games or relaxing in the shade. Your tent will be set up, sleeping pad inflated. Our kitchen and dinning area will be serving your favorite hot or cold drinks – What a life!

All Snake River Hells Canyon rafting trips with Mountain River Outfitters receive:

  • Transportation to and from the river from Riggins, Idaho.
  • All camping gear, including high-quality, roomy tents and thick, comfortable sleeping pads.
  • Delicious meals, we customize our menu for each group to meet gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary needs.
  • Fun and experienced guides with years of rafting on Idaho rivers to help give you the trip of a lifetime.

Where To Meet

With MRO you will only need to find yourself in Riggins at the Mountain River Outdoor Center the night before your launch date before 8:00 PM Mountain Time for a pre trip orientation. You will receive your complimentary MRO duffel and trip mug that you will keep as a souvenir at the end of your adventure. A personal dry bag and large camp bag with sleeping bag and pillow will be provided for you for the trip. There will be plenty of time to ask the guide any questions or purchase last minute items you may need for your trip at the Outdoor Center. The next morning you will be transported to the launch site where your rafts and guides will be waiting.

Let Us Help - Pre Trip Travel and Multi Sport Options

There are many travel options to consider in planning your Idaho rafting vacation. Simply give us a call and we’ll discuss your options and help arrange everything for you.

Multi-Sport Packages available with many of our other adventure activities and wilderness lodging. Choose from Jet Boat tours on the Salmon or Snake River, Fishing or Wilderness Escapes at the Ram House or China Bar Lodge. If you would like our staff to help with additional lodgings with us or local motels we will be glad to assist you.

Trip Packages and Rates

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3 Day Hells Canyon Wilderness Trip

Adults ...$1,095.00 | Youth ...$895.00 (7-14)
Enjoy Great White Water, Fishing and Fun on the Snake River.

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