Flaming Gorge & Vernal

Flaming Gorge National Recreation area is an all-encompassing outdoor recreation destination. With more than 200,000 acres of land and water, Flaming Gorge is a scenic playground for boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, camping and backpacking in addition to some of the best fishing in the west.

Deep channels carved into rugged landscapes contain stained-glass waters that capture the play of light, shadow and colour of the rising sun. Varying water temperatures through the seasons create unique scenarios for anglers after trophy lake trout and a number of other fish species. Flaming Gorge might be the West’s most spectacular reservoir. And then there’s the way the sun catches the red canyon walls, the revitalizing aura of the encompassing Ashley National Forest and High Uintas Wilderness, the prolific wildlife and the quaint, hospitable communities.

 

Flaming Gorge Activities

Red Canyon Overlook
Beautiful any time of day, many visitors opt to get up early for sunrise to watch the gorge live up to its name as the canyon walls catch the fire of the intense morning light.

Flaming Gorge Dam
A year-round visitor centre and summer guided tours unlock the history of the dam and accesses a stunning walk.

Browns Park
From Utes and Shoshone to fur trappers and outlaws like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the area has long provided a sheltered retreat, and today is an excellent spot for fly-fishing.

Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument and the Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal combine for one of the west’s best dips deep into the region’s prehistory.

Sheep Creek and Spirit Lake Scenic Backways

Two gorgeous routes off the main highway that will guide you through impressive geological features and to the high country of the Uinta Mountains.

Vernal

Vernal is a small community just south of Flaming Gorge and is located 240 miles east of Salt Lake City and 20 miles from the Colorado border.

Vernal is also home to The Green River which flows through the region, providing blue ribbon trout fishing and exciting white water rafting. The Uinta Mountains shelter hundreds of lakes and streams teaming with trout. These are the highest mountains in Utah and offer great opportunities for hiking, backpacking and horse or llama packing. Neighbouring state parks, Steinaker and Red Fleet also offer a myriad of outdoor activities.

Vernal is home to the largest quarry of Jurassic dinosaur bones and the Dinosaur National Monument is located 20 minutes east of Vernal. Take the kids to Dinosaurland, the only place in the world where you can view and touch over 1,500 dinosaur bones all in their original resting place.

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