DescriptionNamed for Sgt. Peter Weiser (WEE-zer) of the Lewis and Clark expedition, Weiser is on the Idaho-Oregon border at the confluence of the Weiser and Snake rivers. Since 1953, the city has been home to the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival, which takes place the third full week in June.
Scenic views of Hells Canyon are afforded from viewpoints north of Weiser; open only in summer, the viewpoints can be reached via US 95 and SR 71. Closer looks at the canyon are made possible by the float trips and jet boat tours that are available from Hells Canyon Dam. The minimum age for most float trips is 6 years; inquire about refund and weather policies.
The southern trailhead of the Weiser River Trail, converted from the banks of the former Pacific & Idaho Northern (PIN) railroad grade, is in Weiser off Main Street. The 84-mile route also passes through Midvale, Cambridge and Council. Wildlife including deer, elk, heron, bear, waterfowl, raptors and wild turkeys can be seen. While hiking, bicycling or horseback riding along the trail, visitors view rolling hills and black lava cliffs in the southern portion of the canyon; the northern portion is forested. Cross-country skiing also can be enjoyed in winter.
Fifteen miles northeast of Weiser, just east of the Snake River, four-wheelers kick up lots of down and dirty fun at the Weiser Sand Dunes.
Visitor InfoGreater Weiser Area Chamber of Commerce 309 State St. WEISER, ID 83672. Phone:(208)414-0452