Take a break from the desert heat by jumping in the sparkling cold water at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.
Rising 502 feet above bedrock, the reservoir extends 91 miles north. While it is a boater's paradise today, people have left their mark in the area for hundreds of years. Fremont Indians left petroglyphs highlighting their presence. John Wesley Powell saw the area's red sandstone cliffs and named them "Flaming Gorge" when he floated the Green River to the Colorado River in 1869.
Below the Flaming Gorge Dam runs a mellow stretch of the Green River that’s great for family rafting. Rent a raft and float 7 miles to Little Hole takeout where a shuttle picks you up.
Stake out a spot on the reservoir and fish for record-breaking trout, salmon, and bass. Anglers on the Gorge have broken five Utah fishing records, and six in Wyoming. It’s no wonder why this beautiful lake has become America’s top year-round trophy fishing destination.
Not into fishing? Rent a boat or houseboat at one of three marinas and cruise along the reservoir. The Flaming Gorge stretches 91 miles in length and has multiple terrains. Boating from one end of the reservoir to the other is like passing between two different worlds.
Landlubbers should hike or bike to Red Canyon Overlook. It is one of those must-see photo stops along the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway. The canyon is about 700 feet wide and 1400 feet straight down. Below, the serene waters of Lake Flaming Gorge winds its way around this point, but don't drop your camera as the lake is about 250 feet deep here.
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Flaming Gorge Country