Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

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Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Utah

(435) 784-3445

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Overview

Flaming Gorge Dam, Reservoir, and Powerplant, features of the Colorado River Storage Project, are on the Green River in northeastern Utah about 32 miles downstream from the Utah-Wyoming border. After the Bureau of Reclamation built Flaming Gorge in the early 1960s, a National Recreation Area was established and recreation management was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, Ashley National Forest. The reservoir is located in both Utah and Wyoming. Situated 20 miles north of Vernal, Utah, at 6,040-foot elevation in a partial timber setting with 42,000 acres of surface area. Managed recreation season varies by campground location. Use high on holidays and weekends. Available fish species include rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, and smallmouth bass. Many U.S. Geological Service maps cover the area. Reservations accepted at certain sites. Fees charged. The Green River below the dam offers high quality fishing opportunities for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing guides and boats available.Free guided tours of the dam and power plant are conducted year-round by the Flaming Gorge Natural History Association. The tours take between 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Winter tours are offered Friday through Monday every hour from 10 am to 3 pm. Summer tours take place every day from 9 am to 4 pm

Map of Flaming Gorge NRA

Latitude, Longitude: 40.987215, -109.622719

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating on Flaming Gorge is excellent due to the lower volume of people. The lake is very large and visitors can take all types of boats out.

  • Bicycling

    This area is very popular among mountain bikers for its spectacular scenery and variety of difficulty. The area offers 7 main trails for biking, including the 20 mile Sheep Creek Canyon Loop. With nearly 100 miles of biking, trails can take you to Red Canyon and give you stunning views. Some pass through the Uintas Mountains for a more intense workout.

  • Camping

    There are multiple campgrounds available in the recreation area, including Skull Creek Campground and Greens Lake Campground. There are also shore campgrounds for those who wish to enjoy boating opportunities.

  • Fishing

    Trout lake over 20 pounds are common at the Gorge. Burbot, kokanee salman and rainbow trout are also available in the area. Flaming Gorge is famous for its trophy lake trout. Good number of 30+ pound fish are caught each year. The Utah record went 51 lb 8 oz, and there may yet be a bigger one swimming in the reservoir. Fishing is also very good for rainbows, brown trout, kokanee salmon and smallmouth bass.

  • Hiking

    Hike the Elk Park Loop at 18 miles for great views of the peaks of the Uintas and the Flaming Gorge area. With eight trails passing through the area, be sure to pick the hike of the right difficulty. The Sweet Ranch Trail is a great intermediate hike. The Sweet Ranch Trail begins off Hwy 44 and follows a dirt road past historic Sweet Ranch and on to a fun downhill section. The route thins as it enters a grove of aspen and crosses a few streams.

  • Horseback Riding

    Take a horseback riding tour on some of the best trails in the area.

  • Hunting

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Sites available.

  • RVing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Water Sports

    Rafting and boating are available in the area on the Green River and Flaming Gorge Lakes.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowmobiling is the primary winter sport in the park. Trails are available throughout the recreation area.

Seasonality/Weather

The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Directions

Driving

All weather access. From Vernal, Utah, take U.S. Highway 191 north for 43 miles. From Rock Springs, Wyoming, take I-80 east to Highway 191 south for 63 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(435) 784-3445

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