Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

In early July, our family had an opportunity to visit Utah again and participate in a rafting trip (a subject for a future blog post). After the trip, we decided to explore Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area before heading back to Salt Lake City for our flight. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is located in the Northeast corner of Utah and southwest corner of Wyoming.  We made a quick stop at the dam before heading into the Recreation area itself. This park is not under the National Parks Service but managed by the U.S. Forest Service. But just like parks under NPS, Flaming Gorge NRA had a nice visitor center and more importantly for my youngest, a junior ranger program. Flaming Gorge is popular, but quiet and peaceful. Known for great fishing, it boasts 360 miles of shore line. For us, the visit was short. It was a pit stop on the way back to Salt Lake City to catch an evening flight. Even though it was short, we thoroughly enjoyed the vistas, stopping at scenic pullouts to take pictures. Near the visitor center, we took a short walk along a trail which overlooked Flaming Gorge Reservoir. We also saw a herd of sheep grazing nearby. I would love to come back and camp here sometime, and there would be a lot to choose from. Flaming Gorge at 43 campgrounds, with over 700 individual sites, so it seems finding the perfect campsite would not be a problem. Flaming Gorge isn’t too far from Vernal, Utah, which is where we had been staying. Vernal is the perfect place to visit if you or your kids like dinosaurs. Nicknamed “dinosaur land,” they have a great museum and is close to Dinosaur National Monument. While, many people think of Colorado for summer activities such as rafting, we used a Utah-based company. It was such a wonderful trip, we’re planning another visit to Utah next summer.

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