|July 30, 2008
On our ride from Glacier N.P. to our planned family reunion in Caldwell, Idaho we stopped for two nights at Riggins Idaho. We had a pretty little campsite right next to the Small Salmon River. We were told that Riggins is the narrowest town in the U.S. This due to the fact that it sits in a deep gorge and there is very little land between the steep mountains of the gorge and the river.
This gorge at the Salmon River is the second deepest river gorge in the U.S. The largest river gorge is right over the mountains and is called Hell’s Canyon.
We decided to take the trip over the mountains to see Hell’s Canyon. It was a 17 mile drive and took us 50 minutes to make the trip. The road took us over some very steep and winding roads. Steep grades down into Hell’s Canyon to Pittsburgh Landing (they take float trips from here). Not a trip I would take again, but glad to have made the effort to see it the first time.
We stopped at a little place in White Bird for lunch. It was fairly dark in what appeared to be a bar and grill, plus the place was pretty old and junky. There were just men and the cook in the place. The men all looked like hunters or “mountain men”. There was a TV showing a bunch of shows about hunting deer. This was a very strange place, to my way of thinking.
Riggins was a nice little town. It is called the narrowest town in the U.S. It sits in the Salmon River Gorge with the mountains containing it on one side and the river on the other.