Rugged mountains, lush valleys, and churning rivers surround participants during Heaven's Gate Outfitters' adventurous expeditions into the Idaho wilderness. A staff of avid outdoor enthusiasts leads horseback rides and hikes at elevations of up to 7,500 feet along the Seven Devils Mountains and Hells Canyon. They can also voyage to idyllic mountain lakes and the nearby Salmon River for rafting and fishing trips, during which participants might nab salmon or trout. To further familiarize patrons with the backcountry's wildlife, Heaven's Gate Outfitters can arrange multiday pack trips and shelter travelers inside its own private lodge.
Trophy bass are nothing unusual to the licensed fishing guides at Mountain River Outfitters. Armed with more than 15 years of experience, they lead trips through local waters—including the Salmon and Snake Rivers—in search of prize catches such as bass, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon. Mountain River Outfitters also has expert guides that lead whitewater-rafting trips, horseback rides, and camping and hiking trips in local canyons and mountains.
Beamers Hells Canyon Tours ferries passengers through the vacillating rapids of one of the deepest river gorges in North America. Along nearly 200 miles of majestic landscapes and American history, certified tour captains delve into detailed narratives on geological landmarks, Native American history, and how U.S. mail delivery developed from horseback to the modern-day jetpack. Wine-tasting and brunch cruises complement degustation with stunning scenes of mountain ranges, rivers, and rare glimpses of local wildlife foraging for food or preparing their tax-return forms, and fishing charters let anglers test their mettles against the river’s crafty steelhead, sturgeon, and bass.
Hemmed into the rippling hills of Lewiston, Bryden Canyon Golf Course was established in 1974. Golfers of all experience levels can find a challenge, especially on the skill-testing par 4 holes and the risk-rewarding par 5's. Away from the course, visitors can stock up on gear and friendly advice at the pro shop. They can also refuel their tanks at the bar and grill and prepare for their next round by taking part in the facility's camps, clinics, and private lessons.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total of 6,359 yards from the back tees * Three tees per hole * Course rating of 68.6 * Course slope of 123 * Click here to view the scorecard.
Sky explorers sail into the ether over Lewis-Clark Valley, buoyed by one of AirQuest Adventures' multicolored hot air balloons. Upon arrival, air-bound pairs nosh on complimentary breakfast pastries as the flight crew prepares their high-flying chariot, then attend a preflight briefing before taking off at sunrise or sunset—the times when air conditions are least likely to interrupt in-flight naps. Soaring over the valley provides an eagle's-eye view of the area's whitewater rivers, gaping canyons, lush forests, and vast fields that reveal the occasional crop circle caused by genetically modified seeds. After the trip, customers celebrate solid ground with a champagne toast before reboarding the shuttle.
Snake River Adventures makes the scenic waterways of the Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater rivers accessible to outdoor enthusiasts and curious sightseers alike. Licensed jet-boat captains ferry groups through natural wonders, such as Hells Canyon—America's deepest and most inaccurately named river gorge—and manmade locales including the Kirkwood Historical Ranch and museum. Hunting and fishing expeditions may be chartered to snare the bass, trout, steelhead, and sturgeon swimming the waters as well as the big game roaming the shore. Comfortable camp may be made at Historic Sheep Creek Ranch—furnished with wood cook stoves and oil lamps—or the Kirby Creek Lodge bed and breakfast.