Welcome to Hells Canyon


The prehistoric people who dwelt along Hells Canyon left pictographs, petroglyphs and pit dwellings. The Shoshone and Nez Percé tribes battled for dominance along this stretch of the Snake, with the Nez Percé winning out. Relics of the mining era, from the 1860s to the 1920s, are also found throughout the canyon, and tumbledown shacks remain from the unlikely settlement attempts of turn-of-the-century homesteaders.


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Hells Canyon in detail