Hells Gate State Park sits on a river bottom that was exposed after the great ice age floods. The result of this is a beautiful park, filled with recreational opportunities, drawing people from Idaho and beyond. The park was also the site of New Perce Village; however, there is little of this left to see now.
The park is located in Lewiston, Idaho, along the states Banana Belt. This and it's higher elevation means that the state park has a long warm period in the summer months, drawing people to search for an RV in Nez Perce County. As well as visiting the park, for those that make use of the campgrounds, there are also nearby towns to explore, such as Asotin and Kendrick.
The trail system in Hells Gate State Park provides miles of intertwining trails, some of which run alongside the scenic Snake River, which is the ideal place for a paddle to cool off. The high parts of the trail system offer spectacular views out over the surrounding countryside, and there are plenty of benches along the route to stop off for a rest or a bite to eat. Many of these trails may also be used for hiking and horseback riding before heading back to the RV state park campgrounds.
No visit to the park would be complete without a visit to the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center. The highlight of the center is the two-acre outdoor interpretative center plaza out along the river banks. The center also houses a short film which gives an interesting insight into the park history and area, a number of educational displays and of course a small gift shop.
The Snake River stretch that runs through the park is brilliant for boating, as not only is it relaxing, but gives visitors a new perspective of the park. The fishing here is also very good. The Hell's Gate Marina offers more than 100 boat slips with moorage and a number of other facilities. If you don't have your own boat, then opt for one of the organized tours on a jet boat that will take you up the scenic Hells Canyon. There are also other boat trips available such as sort and raft boat trips.
Camping at Hells Gate State Park
The state park RV camping facilities at Hells Gate is available to use all year round. It is pet-friendly and set out into three large loops, so there is plenty of room for everyone to park their rental motorhome at Hells Gate State Park. Depending on your needs, there are different hookup options such as those with full hookups and those that have just water and electric. There are centrally located modern toilets and showers also available for guests use.
For those that enjoy a more primitive experience, one of the loops offers a much more basic camping experience. There are still flushing toilets, showers, and a water station. All three of the loops provide campers with plenty of shade which makes camping with an RV a very comfortable way to explore the park and the surrounding area.
Exploring the area
The nearest big town to Hells Gate State Park is Lewiston which has a number of attractions, perfect for combining with a stay at the park. For those interested in art and culture, check out the number of art galleries in the city. For a little bit of family fun, Orchard Lanes strives to give the best bowling experience in Lewiston, plus there are plenty of shopping and dining options. Getting a Lewiston camper rental is a good place to start your Idaho adventure.
Another great day out for the entire family is to the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center. Visitors can slip and slide their way into this fun-filled, pirate-themed aquatic center, located in Clarkton. This outdoor waterpark features some great slide, a lazy river, and a huge adventure pool. Inside there is a lap pool and hot tub as well as a fitness room with cardio machines and weights.
For a bit more of an adult-themed attraction, take a visit to the Clearwater Canyon Cellars, an award-winning winery in Idaho. A visit to the winery will reward visitors with some tasting of some of the finest wines in the region, plus experience the history and charm of the farm and vineyards while learning about the process of brewing wine. Within close vicinity of both Lewiston and the state park RV campgrounds, it makes for the perfect day trip in your RV rental.