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The Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway is a 160-mile route encircling the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Southwest Wyoming and Northern Utah. It passes through quaint towns and lush forests, with stunning rock formations, an expansive lake and abundant wildlife.

 

One of 37 of the nation’s designated All-American Roads, the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway starts in Rock Springs and ends at the Green River. The journey begins following U.S. Highway 191 south through the high desert country where vast and untouched landscapes unfold. This area is home to large herds of pronghorn antelope, wild horses, mule deer, moose, Rocky Mountain elk and many species of raptors.

 

The name Flaming Gorge was given when Major John Wesley Powell and his company saw the sun reflecting off the brilliant, flaming red rocks as they explored the Green and Colorado Rivers. The waters of the Green River are stored behind Flaming Gorge Dam as part of the Colorado River Storage Project.

 

Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway is rich in history. Dinosaur fossils and Fremont Indian artifacts dot the landscape. It includes a section of the famous Overland Stage Trail, a vital route across the Wild West. In the late 1860s, the Transcontinental Railroad was built along the same corridor. At Minnie’s Gap, the road to the east travels 20 miles on paved and graded roads to historic Browns Park. Its remote location along three state borders attracted many outlaws, and Browns Park became a major way station on the Outlaw Trail. Its most famous residents were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, although a colorful list of others like Matt Warner, Tom Horn, Queen Ann & Josie Bassett, Isom Dart and Mexican Joe Herrera added to its notorious fame. Today, the charm of Browns Park is that little has changed from those frontier years, although fly rods have replaced six guns for most of its visitors.

Situated where the rugged Uinta Mountains meet the expansive Wyoming desert, the breathtaking scenery is the perfect setting for boating, fishing, mountain biking, ATVing and hiking. Take a scenic drive or enjoy the Sheep Creek Geologic Loop Tour to get your heart racing. Another great way to explore the byway is with the unforgettable Flaming Gorge All American Bus Tour that showcases stunning scenery, native wildlife, and includes a gourmet picnic lunch experience. Led by knowledgeable tour guides, this bus tour allows visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of this iconic destination and create memories to last a lifetime.

 

There is plenty to see and do in every season along the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway. In fall, the already breathtaking scenery transforms into an even more awe-inspiring sight. The high desert backdrop is highlighted with vibrant golds and reds as the leaves change colors for the new season, and the wildlife is active and prime for viewing as they prepare themselves for the coming winter. The fun continues as the snowflakes fall in winter, from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, hiking the trails, or ice fishing. Cold-weather visitors have plenty to do.

 

Visitors can make themselves at home in a cozy lodge to gain great access to trails, Lake Flaming Gorge and the tailwaters of the Green River. Many accommodations offer fishing and/or rafting guides, raft and mountain bike rentals and horseback rides, as well as on-site restaurants.

 

This spectacular scenic byway takes in the arid and colorful landscape surrounding the Green River as it slowly tumbles from its namesake city to Lake Flaming Gorge. The Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway is often referred to as “the best of Sweetwater County”, where wildlife thrives, fishing is fantastic, and every turn offers breathtaking views. It’s not just a drive; it’s an adventure through nature and history, perfect for anyone seeking scenic beauty and outdoor excitement.

 

Content and photos courtesy of https://www.explorewy.com/explore/scenic-byways/flaming-gorge-byway

 

Read more:

https://nsbfoundation.com/nb/flaming-gorge-green-river-basin-scenic-byway/

 

https://youtu.be/0FKdKEV4Oi0?si=d_uD8bX0PHTbba3v

 

https://www.explorewy.com/FGbyway

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=15km50BNGgbXo6igvSB0-PudMPTBfW4tr

 

Points of Interest:

Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center, Red Canyon Visitor Center, Firehole Canyon and Expedition Island

 

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