Flaming Gorge Reservoir


Flaming Gorge is a huge reservoir that straddles the Wyoming-Utah border. The Flaming Gorge Dam obstructs the Green River, creating a reservoir confined by steep cliffs and populated with plentiful trout. The Flaming Gorge Recreation Area is well known for water activities of all kinds, but given the time of year and freezing temperatures, we opted to stay on land. We drove in early Saturday morning and stopped at both the Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center, as well as the Red Canyon Visitor Center. We hiked the Canyon Rim Trail that afternoon which provided ample views of the gorge below. The temperature quickly plummeted once we set up camp and not even a campfire and hot chocolate could keep us warm. We opted for an early bedtime while snow gently fell around us. We awoke to a winter wonderland with a few inches of fresh snow enveloping our campground. Instead of a second hike that day, we opted to find a diner style brunch in town given our likely inability to find a trail in fresh snow. After pancakes, hash browns, and the like, we headed back home to Salt Lake… with plenty of beer in tow (thank you, Evanston!)


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