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.
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.
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.
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.