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Know Before You Go: Hells Canyon’s #1 Jet Boat Tour with Killgore Adventures

If you’ve made it here, then there’s a good chance that you’re considering taking Hells Canyon’s #1 Jet Boat Tour with Killgore Adventures (which we highly recommend). And if that’s the case, you’re in the right place! In this blog we’re going to cover some things that we feel like you should know before booking your trip plus a little bit of our own personal experience! But first, let’s talk a little about the star of the show… Hells Canyon!

Hells Canyon is North America's deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet. That’s nearly 2,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon, yet Hells Canyon is only 10 miles wide compared to the Grand Canyon’s 18 mile width. The river that carved the canyon (the same one you’ll be riding on) is the Snake River which brings life to Elk, Moose, North American River Otter, American Beaver, Coyote, Pronghorn, Deer, Coyote, Mountain Goat, and Marmots as well as 300 different species of birds in this region (including Osprey and Eagles) and 19 different species of fish (including the prehistoric Sturgeon).

*Be sure to check out our "One Day in Idaho" travel vlog for a closer look at our time in Hells Canyon!

Now… Let’s get to it!

1. This trip is for EVERYONE:

Literally… Everyone! Young, old, disabeled, handicapped… Kurt and his crew are accommodating of all! That’s one of the things we loved so much about this tour and Killgore Adventures… No one gets left out of the fun! If you do need special assistance, just call ahead of time and let them know your situation and they can almost always make accommodations.

2. Plan for an entire day:

The “Wild Water Jet Boat Tour” is a FULL DAY adventure! The tour takes around 6 hours from the time you leave the boat landing to the time you get back, and by the time you add in commute time to and from the boat landing, you’re looking at a 9-10 hour day or even longer depending on where you’re coming from. All of that said, just plan for this tour to be your only plans for the day… It’s worth it!

3. Yes, there are bathroom breaks:

If you’re like us, when you saw “6 hours” you were probably wondering how you’re going to do your… business. Well, thankfully the Killgore Adventures crew has already thought this whole thing through and have built in 4 bathroom breaks along the way! And if there’s an emergency bathroom break needed, Captain Kurt is a kind and understanding person and can pause the tour to let you slip off to the back of the boat and go… With an audience. Just kidding! Kind of.