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Hells Canyon – North America’s Deepest Gorge

Visit Idaho’s deepest gorge in North America- HELLS CANYON. Take an Idaho Jet Boat Tour with Killgore Adventures in Hells Canyon the # 1 Outdoor Adventure Company in White Bird, Idaho.

Visit their website at to see their video of the Wild River Tour in Hells Canyon it is a great overview of North America’s deepest gorge.


Hells Canyon – Salmon River Jet Boat Loop Tour

Hornstar by 360 degree  The Loop Tour can only be run when the river conditions are at a very specific flow. This usually happens only once or twice a year. The Salmon River conditions must be just right to begin our rare, but exciting Loop Tour! It is two tours in one!

This tour starts at Pittsburgh Landing on the Snake River in Hells Canyon and loops around to the Salmon River into White Bird, where it ends at Killgore Adventures’ private beach. See the beautiful and scenic Hells Canyon as well as the Blue Canyon, Snow Hole Canyon and the Green Canyon of the Salmon River. It is two tours in one!

This 6 hour, 79 mile one way loop tour starts at Pittsburg Landing Marina then takes you through the Scenic section of Hells Canyon, then heads up stream on the Salmon River at the confluence of the Snake and Salmon River, then 53 miles back to the Killgore Adventures facilities on the Salmon. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy both the Salmon River and Snake River on the same one way trip. This tour can only be scheduled when the river flows on the Salmon are between 8500 cfs and 22,000 cfs due to big rapids or shallow rapids. Lunch and beverages included. Future dates to be announced soon.

Surprisingly Cold Weather in July!


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We had surprisingly cold weather this weekend for July! Just like Mother Nature determines what wildlife we see or don’t see each day, we also have no control over the weather. All of our boats are customized to help keep our guests warmer on our tours when it’s cold, and comfortable on our tours when it’s hot. It was chilly for us this weekend, but as a result we got some beautiful cloud-covered photos on the drive to Pittsburg Landing where our most popular Wild River Dam Tour starts each day.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Photo taken by Captain Kurt Killgore


Ready for Spring time Hiking……. Try Hells Canyon!

Hells Canyon on the Snake River boasts 26 miles of trail alongside the Deepest Gorge in North America. From day hikes to longer overnight hikes – the canyon provides breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged peaks and the Snake River below.

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Over 650,000 acres of Hells Canyon was set aside to preserve as a National Recreation Area for hikers and visitors to enjoy in 1975. Access into Hells Canyon trail system is off of Hwy 95 at the White Bird exit. More information about Hiking in Hells Canyon is available at 800 469 8757 (Killgore Adventures may have a tour going that you could catch a ride up river and hike back.)


Things To Do In Idaho

Visiting Hells Canyon on your Idaho Vacation will be a day you will long remember. Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America, deeper than the Grand Canyon.  A Jet Boat will take you on a six our tour through the deepest most rugged part of the canyon. You will see wildlife, visit the Historical Museum, run all the biggest rapids, stop for a swim and enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the visitor center at the Hells Canyon Dam. This tour with Killgore Adventures starts in the center of Hells Canyon. The scenery is outstanding, and you will learn about the history and geology of Hells Canyon. Many vacationers will combine Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park with the Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour, calling it the Loop Tour  Idaho Vacation.                     800 469 8757. Lodging and an RV Park are available on the Salmon River for a convenient place to stay while visiting Hells Canyon. Hells Canyon is one of the top Things To Do In Idaho.


Insider Tips on Steelhead Fishing on the Salmon River

Steelhead season is just getting started here in Central Idaho. Word on the river is: patience is key!

October 1st is usually the start of “good” steelhead fishing however, the water has been so warm this year that we are anticipating the fishing to get GREAT a bit later in the season, once the water cools down.

Mid to late October is the time to go as the river should be cooler by then. We’re just (trying) to wait patiently and checking out our secret spots. We can take you fishing down here in White Bird, Idaho or up in Riggins, we do expeditions in both areas.

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Click here to book a mid to late October or November fishing trip and catch a big one.

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2016 Hells Canyon ATV UTV Ride n’ Rodeo

It’s fall and we’re already getting excited for our Memorial Day 2016 ATV and UTV ride and rodeo weekend!

We’ll be doing two rides a day on Saturday and Sunday. The first one is 78 miles round trips and takes you up the scenic Salmon River to Deer Creek Road and down into Kirkwood Ranch on the Snake River.

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On the second trip we’ll venture out on a 60 mile round trip into the wilderness that is the Nez Perce National Forest and down into the rugged, but beautiful, Hells Canyon! The views are breathtaking and the trails aren’t comparable to any other place you’ve ever ridden! Hells Canyon’s beauty surrounds you on this trail ride.


On Monday we’ll take a break to eat, drink and be merry. With a catered, on-site, steak dinner and an ATV/UTV rodeo. Time to start cutting down your barrel racing time to win the cash prizes!

For more information on our 2016 Hells Canyon ATV Ride n’ Rodeo visit this site for more information. Can’t wait to see you there for our action packed rugged weekend.

Vacation Must See’s: Hells Canyon, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone

A favorite among vacationers is the Hells Canyon, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone “Loop”. Hitting the top three destinations in the Pacific Northwest all at once.

The American West has been captivating men from the beginning of times From the tall winds blowing on the prairie down into deepest gorges – life seems to be bigger out here, cascading from all the eye reaches.

Park your rv and head into the refreshing water and into another world, untouched by human hands.

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Adventure seekers aren’t “left out to dry” so to speak. The 32 mile return trip from the Dam runs through rapids ranging from Class I all the way up to Class V. The boat blasts through the rapids on nature’s own rollercoaster, soaking and delighting those (in certain seats!) on board.

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Don’t worry nature lovers, you get up close and personal views of the wild animals as we cascade through the wilderness preserve – big horn sheep, bears and bald eagles – oh my!


With all the west has to offer, it’s no wonder thousands come each year to vacation. From Glacier National Park to Yellowstone down to the deepest part of Hells Canyon – there’s something for every vacationer here

Hells Canyon Wild River Bucket List Adventure


Killgore Adventures has learned from their guests that the Wild River Jet Boat Tour through Hells Canyon’s deepest part, has been on several of their guests bucket list for years.

This year as many as 11 couples have been able to cross off “Hells Canyon Wild River Jet Boat Tour” from their Bucket List.

Not only did they come from Idaho, but as far away as Texas and Maine to fulfill their dream of experiencing North Americas deepest gorge in Idaho.

Especially enjoyed by the bucket list group of adventurers are the stops at the historical ranch museum and of course, the whitewater rapids.

The light misting of water the Captain sends throughout the boat on the return trip downstream through the class 4 and 5 rapids creates a chant for more rapids and “get us wet again!” They love it!

Also enjoyed by all are the wildlife sightings of Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and Bears seen often on the tours. And yes, the rave about the gorgeous scenery also.

Scenic Photography Tour June 21st

  jackhighpic         I hope many of you photographers will join me two weeks from    today,  June 21st, on a Photographers Jet Boat Tour of the wild and scenic  portion of  the Snake River in Hells Canyon with outfitter Killgore  Adventures.

          The wild and scenic section of the Snake runs from Pittsburg Landing  to  the Snake River Dam and features the deepest part of Hells Canyon  (more  than a mile deep), fantastic scenery, wildlife including Big Horn  Rams, Black  Bear, deer, and Bald Eagles; stops at historic ranches and the Hells Canyon Visitor Center at the dam, and thrilling class IV and class V rapids.


This six-hour adventure includes a delicious deli lunch, lots of drinks to keep you hydrated and a stop at a pristine white sand beach for swimming.

This exciting trip offers lots of opportunities to capture great photographic images.

Several of us are making the 3-1/2-hour drive a day early so we can take in the always popular White Bird Rodeo on Saturday afternoon. Accommodations are available at several nearby locations.

Sign up today, or at least this week, by calling Killgore Adventures in White Bird, Idaho. Their number is 1-800-469-8757. The cost is $175.00 per person.2014-10-03 15.59.58

I hope to see you there! Don’t forget your camera.

By: Guest Blogger and Photographer Jack High