Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Red Canyon Overlook in Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Flaming Gorge is a United States National Recreation Area and it is one of the most popular landmarks located in Ashley National Forest.


The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (NRA) is a large reservoir found within a canyon on the Green River. The reservoir contains 207,363 acres (839 square kilometers) of both land and water, which is divided almost evenly among Utah and Wyoming. The canyon was named by explorer John Wesley, who upon first looking at the red gorge believed that it was on fire.

In 1958 the Flaming Gorge Dam was created, which today is what keeps the water contained in the reservoir. The Flaming Gorge reservoir is extremely popular for boaters for it contains 5 full-service marinas, which offer launching, storage, and maintenance facilities. Because the water in the reservoir always remains cool, even in the extreme heat, it is an avid spot for water sport enthusiasts. The reservoir is also known for attracting a large number of trout, which makes it a keen area for fishermen. The Green River, which is part of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is also very popular for fishing. The river is additionally well-liked for rafting. The Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area in addition contains many campground and hiking trails found along the 360 miles of shoreline, including some secluded grounds only accessible by boat.

Get in

The Flaming Gorge NRA is located in the northeast corner of Utah and the southwest corner of Wyoming. It is South of I-80, between Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming and extends into the Uintah Mountains towards Vernal, Utah.

By plane

By car


There are no entrance fees into the recreation area.

Get around

Information and interpretive facilities are found at the Northeastern Utah Visitor center in Vernal, Flaming Gorge Dam, the Forest Service office in Manila, and at 14 interpretive sites along WY-44.





There are over 1,000 miles of mix-use trails in the Ashley National Forest. The following are some of the highlights. They are also good choices for day hikes.


The Ashley National Forest has many opportunities for Blue Ribbon fishing. Whether fly fishing in the Duchesne or Green River, or jigging on Flaming Gorge Reservoir, this area is an angler’s paradise.

Boating and Water Sports

The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is a popular spot for boating and water sport. There are boating ramps and marinas located at several sites around the Lake. There are 4 campgrounds in the immediate area of the Gorge that are accessible only by boat. The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam also provides adventures for non-motorized water craft meeting state and federal regulations for river running. Twenty six miles of the Green River are open to approved water craft without permit. However, permits from the National Park Service are needed for the 26 miles of the Green River within the [Dinosaur National Monument].

Horseback Riding

Parts of the hiking trails are suitable for horseback riding. There are parking, horse unloading facilities, and comfort stations at most trailhead locations.

Off-Highway Vehicles

Many areas and trails on the Forest are open to off-highway vehicles.

Winter Sports

Many of the same areas and trails used for ATVs are open to cross country skiing or snowmobile use during winter. There are facilities called "Yurts" that are available to rent for overnight stays. The Yurts are about four to seven miles from the Flaming Gorge on the Uintas Scenic Byway.


There are gifts and souvenir shops at the Red Canyon Lodge and the Flaming Gorge Dam. The gift shop at Red Canyon Lodge serves as a general store for nearby campgrounds.


Dining is available at the lodges and marinas.



There are 43 campgrounds hosting over 700 individual campsites and 27 group sites, all spread over nearly 91 water-miles. There is also the opportunity to set up “primitive” camping for those wishing a more secluded adventure, or river camps for those extending their river runs for more than a day.


Search also in Manila, Dutch John, and Vernal for accommodations and other services.

Stay safe

Boaters and water sport enthusiasts should be especially careful since high winds may be encountered, and the waters of the Lake are cold. Know and obey all State and Federal regulations while using the Lake.

Go next

Routes through Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Grand Teton N.P. Rock Springs  N  S  Vernal Moab

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